Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Linda Sanchez Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton received the endorsement of a top Latina member of Congress.
Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., who also serves as the chair for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), announced her endorsements in an op-ed on the Spanish-language publication La Opinion.
Based on the English text sent to Latin Post, Sanchez explained the next president has to keep fighting for families seeking a better life, especially during economic or labor setbacks, "and I believe with all my heart that president should and will be Hillary Clinton."
While she does give President Barack Obama credit for handling matters after the Great Recession, Sanchez wrote that there is still a lot more to get accomplished.
"Hillary has been a champion for working families her entire career. She has fought tirelessly for comprehensive immigration reform that would keep so many of those families together, and give their children the best possible shot at reaching their full potential," Sanchez wrote, adding that the former secretary of state has been "a passionate ally of the Latino community" on issues they relate to, ranging from the economy, health care and education.
Sanchez's endorsement acknowledged Clinton is set to create more jobs with a living wage for construction and transportation under her $275 billion infrastructure plan, which would repair bridges and highways, build airports and improve public transportation. The infrastructure plan comes as one in three manufacturing jobs were lost between 2000 and 2010, according to Sanchez, and Clinton proposed tax credits to restore new investment in this sector.
"As president, Hillary will undoubtedly face some of the same old arguments and opposition in Congress," said Sanchez, noting that Obama had also faced Republican roadblocks.
"But I've been fortunate to have a front row seat to see just how effective she can be. Lasting change was bound to take more than a single presidency. It will take a multigenerational effort, led by someone with the skills and the experience that making real progress often demands. We're fortunate to have just such a leader in Hillary Clinton, and I'm proud to say that I'm with her."
Sanchez's endorsement comes days after fellow CHC member Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., endorsed the former New York senator. Gutierrez, who introduced Clinton at an immigration conference in Brooklyn on Monday, also wrote that Clinton has been fighting for Latin families for education, healthcare, better wages and in trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Last month, Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., also announced his endorsement for Clinton as president.
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