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The Not-So-Friendly Summit

 The Not-So-Friendly Summit

As Obama Sits Down With His North American Counterparts, His Political And Policy Troubles At Home May Produce An Awkward “Amigos” Summit

 

Today, Obama Is Meeting With Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto And Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper At The North American “Three Amigos” Leadership Summit.“Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s frustration with U.S. President Barack Obama’s failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline may make this installment of the North America summit, known as the ‘Three Amigos,’ the frostiest since the annual meetings began almost a decade ago. At the one-day meeting tomorrow in Toluca, Mexico, with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Harper, Obama is bringing an agenda focused on trade, education, border security and stopping drug trafficking.” (Eric Martin And Angela Greiling Keane, “Obama Heads To Mexico Amigos Meeting Strained By Keystone,” Bloomberg, 2/18/14)

But Obama’s Feet Dragging On Keystone And Ongoing Trade Disputes Have Contributed To Tensions Among The Leaders. “And Ottawa is displeased that Obama has taken five years to make up his mind on its proposed Keystone XL pipeline into the United States with still no decision in sight. Further setting the atmosphere for the one-day summit, Mexico is displeased with Canadian visa policy, and the two countries currently have what Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, calls ‘rather frosty relations.’ There are, said Wood, ‘a number of tensions which have emerged among all the countries,’ noting unhappiness by the other leaders at the NSA revelations as well as ongoing trade disputes.” (George E. Condon Jr., “Why There Won’t Be A ‘Three Amigos’ Summit This Time Around,” The National Journal, 2/18/14)

National Journal Headline: “Why There Won’t Be A ‘Three Amigos’ Summit This Time Around”(George E. Condon Jr., “Why There Won’t Be A ‘Three Amigos’ Summit This Time Around,” The National Journal, 2/18/14)

  • Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, And Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “Are Not Really Acting Much Like Amigos These Days.” “But Obama is not really the hugging kind. And he, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are not really acting much like amigos these days.” (George E. Condon Jr., “Why There Won’t Be A ‘Three Amigos’ Summit This Time Around,” The National Journal, 2/18/14)

AS OBAMA PLANS TO HIGHLIGHT TRADE AT THE SUMMIT, HE CAN’T EVEN GET MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY BEHIND HIS TRADE STRATEGY

“President Barack Obama Will Strive To Come To An Agreement With His Mexican And Canadian Counterparts On The Trans-Pacific Partnership.” “President Barack Obama will strive to come to an agreement with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as the three leaders meet this week to discuss how the members of Nafta will fit into the new, far-reaching trade pact. Mr. Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will tackle a wide-ranging agenda including security, energy and immigration issues when they gather Wednesday in Toluca, Mexico, for the North American Leaders’ Summit. Economic competitiveness and trade also loom large at the one-day meeting, and experts say this is a crucial opportunity for the three countries to resolve to speak with one voice as they continue to negotiate the TPP, a trade bloc that includes 12 countries around the Pacific Rim.” (Colleen McCain Nelson, “Obama Seeks Agreement With Mexico, Canada On TPP,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/14)

However, “Top Democrats Have Rejected The White House’s Call For ‘Fast Track’ Authority.”“Still, Mr. Obama is facing opposition to his trade agenda at home, and he is likely to encounter tough questions at the summit about his ability to win Congress’s approval for a new trade pact. Top Democrats have rejected the White House’s call for “fast track” authority, legislation that would prevent trade agreements with foreign partners from being amended during the congressional approval process–and which would likely ease passage of the TPP.” (Colleen McCain Nelson, “Obama Seeks Agreement With Mexico, Canada On TPP,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/14)

And “Mexican Officials Are Concerned That Mr. Obama Doesn’t Seem To Have The Backing From His Own Party For The Trade Pact.” “Mexican officials are concerned that Mr. Obama doesn’t seem to have the backing from his own party for the trade pact. Many officials and economists in Mexico view the pact as an opportunity for North America as a region to become an export manufacturing powerhouse, using Mexico’s low-cost labor and the region’s low energy costs to better compete–and slim down the U.S. trade deficit with China.” (Colleen McCain Nelson, “Obama Seeks Agreement With Mexico, Canada On TPP,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/14)

“So The Tougher Fight, For Now, Is Within The President’s Own Party.” (Paul Courson, “House Dems Disagree With Obama On Trade Issue,” CNN, 2/13/14)

Just Last Week, Joe Biden Admitted Congress Would Not Grant Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority

The Huffington Post Headline: “Joe Biden Admits Vast Obama Trade Deals Are On Hold”(Michael McAuliff, Sam Stein, And Sabrina Siddiqui, “Joe Biden Admits Vast Obama Trade Deals Are On Hold,” The Huffington Post, 2/14/14)

Joe Biden Acknowledged Congress Would Not Grant Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority. “The White House’s trade plans are on hold, at least for now, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday, in welcome news to many Democrats who oppose the sweeping deals. …After speaking to lawmakers at a Democratic policy retreat in Cambridge, Md., Biden acknowledged that Obama would not get his trade authority any time soon, in spite of having pushed for it in his recent State of the Union address. ‘Nancy, I know it’s not coming up now,’ Biden said to Pelosi, according to a Democratic aide in the room.” (Michael McAuliff, Sam Stein, And Sabrina Siddiqui, “Joe Biden Admits Vast Obama Trade Deals Are On Hold,” The Huffington Post, 2/14/14)

The Democratic Leadership In The Senate And House Have Voiced Opposition To The Fast-Track Authority Bill

The Top Democrats In The Senate And House Have Expressed Opposition To A Bill Granting Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority. “The top Democrats in the U.S. Senate and the House have expressed opposition to a bill that would give the Obama administration room to clinch overseas trade agreements such as the TPP, subject to expedited approval in Congress.” (William Maudlin, “As Obama Meets Neighbors, Nafta Critics Warn Over New Trade Deal,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/13/14)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Said Granting Obama Fast-Track Authority Was “Out Of The Question.” “Last month, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said he had no plans to schedule a vote on trade promotion authority. On Wednesday, Ms. Pelosi told reporters that giving Mr. Obama that authority was ‘out of the question.’” (Mark Lander And Jonathan Weisman, “Trade Pact With Asia Faces Imposing Hurdle: Midterm Politics,” The New York Times, 2/14/14)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Refuses To Commit To Bring The President’s Bill To The Floor. “On the Senate side, Majority Leader Harry Reid refused on Tuesday to commit to bringing the bill to the floor even if the Finance Committee reports it out.  “There’s a lot of controversy on that, and I’m going to see how that plays out with my caucus and with the Senate,” the Nevada Democrat said at a news conference after his party’s weekly caucus lunch.” (Eric Bradner, “Hill Democrats MIA On Obama Trade Agenda,” Politico, 1/15/14)

IT’S NO WONDER EVERYONE IS NERVOUS: ON TRADE, OBAMA GOES WHERE THE WIND TAKES HIM

The Washington Post: “Obama Has A Mixed History On Trade.” “Obama has a mixed history on trade. As a candidate in 2008, he questioned whether free-trade pacts give an edge to countries with low labor and environmental standards and criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement. Later in the campaign, however, he strongly endorsed trade agreements that addressed labor and environmental concerns.” (Zachary Goldfarb and Lori Montgomery, “Obama Gets Win As Congress Passes Free-Trade Agreement,” The Washington Post, 10/12/11)

  • Obama “Was Seen As Indifferent To Trade Agreements When First Elected.” “Obama, who was seen as indifferent to trade agreements when first elected in 2008, tied both negotiations to his flagging five-year goal of doubling exports to more than $3 trillion in 2014.” (Doug Palmer, “President Obama Speaks Out On Trade Promotion Authority,”Politico, 9/19/13)

Obama Opposed NAFTA While Running For President, But Quickly Changed His Tone Once Elected

While Running For President Obama Said That He Didn’t Think NAFTA Had Been Beneficial For America. OBAMA: “In her campaign for Senate, she said that NAFTA, on balance, had been good for New York and good for America. I disagree with that. I think that it did not have the labor standards and environmental standards that were required in order to not just be good for Wall Street but also be good for Main Street.” (Senator Barack Obama, 2008 Democrat Primary Debate, Cleveland, OH, 2/26/08)

  • Obama Said That He Would Threaten To Leave NAFTA In Order To Force Renegotiations Of The Trade Agreement. OBAMA: “I will make sure that we renegotiate, in the same way that Senator Clinton talked about. And I think actually Senator Clinton’s answer on this one is right. I think we should use the hammer of a potential opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labor and environmental standards that are enforced.” (Senator Barack Obama,2008 Democrat Primary Debate, Cleveland, OH, 2/26/08)

Less Than Two Months Into His Presidency, Obama Dropped Plans To Reopen NAFTA Negotiations To Add The Labor And Environmental Protections That Had He Promised During His Campaign. “The administration has no present plans to reopen negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement to add labor and environmental protections, as President Obama vowed to do during his campaign, the top trade official said on Monday.” (Brian Knowlton, “Obama Doesn’t Plan To Reopen NAFTA Talks,” The New York Times, 4/20/09)

AND OBAMA’S DELAYS ON KEYSTONE HAVE FURTHER “STRAINED” RELATIONS

Bloomberg Headline: “Obama Heads To Mexico Amigos Meeting Strained By Keystone” (Eric Martin And Angela Greiling Keane, “Obama Heads To Mexico Amigos Meeting Strained By Keystone,” Bloomberg, 2/18/14)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Frustration With Obama Over Keystone May Make This Summit “The Frostiest Since The Annual Meetings Began Almost A Decade Ago.”“Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s frustration with U.S. President Barack Obama’s failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline may make this installment of the North America summit, known as the ‘Three Amigos,’ the frostiest since the annual meetings began almost a decade ago.” (Eric Martin And Angela Greiling Keane, “Obama Heads To Mexico Amigos Meeting Strained By Keystone,” Bloomberg, 2/18/14)

  • Twenty Years After NAFTA Took Effect, The U.S. And Canada “Are At Loggerheads” Over Keystone. “Yet 20 years after the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, the U.S. and Canada are at loggerheads over a $5.4 billion collaboration that would carry oil south from the thick sands of Alberta to American refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana.” (Eric Martin And Angela Greiling Keane, “Obama Heads To Mexico Amigos Meeting Strained By Keystone,” Bloomberg, 2/18/14)

Harper: Obama Has “Punted” On Keystone. “‘He’s punted,’ Harper said of Obama in an interview at an event today hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade. ‘He said, ‘Maybe.’” (Andrew Mayeda And Christopher Donville, “Harper Says Obama Punting Won’t Stop Keystone XL,” Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

  • Bloomberg Headline: “Harper Says Obama Punting Won’t Stop Keystone XL” (Andrew Mayeda And Christopher Donville, “Harper Says Obama Punting Won’t Stop Keystone XL,”Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

After Years Of Dodging, Obama Has Run Out Of Reasons To Continue Delaying A Keystone Decision

For Years, Obama Has Been Able To “Dodge Rendering A Verdict” On Keystone. “The new State Department report that discounted most of the environmental community’s warnings about the Keystone XL oil pipeline puts the final decision on the project closer to Obama’s desk, after years in which he’s been able to dodge rendering a verdict.” (Darren Goode And Darren Samuelsohn, “Keystone Foes Pinning Final Hopes On Obama,” Politico, 2/1/14)

  • Keystone Remains In Limbo, “Stuck In A Complex Regulatory Process That Has Enabled Obama To Put Off What Will Inevitably Be A Politically Explosive Decision.”“Five years after the pipeline’s backers first asked the Obama administration for approval, the project remains in limbo, stuck in a complex regulatory process that has enabled Obama to put off what will inevitably be a politically explosive decision.” (Nedra Pickler And Josh Lederman, “Obama Running Out Of Reasons To Reject Keystone XL,” The Associated Press, 2/1/14)

But The Release Of The State Department’s Environmental Impact Report “Removes A Major Excuse For Delay.” “But the release Friday of a long-awaited government report removes a major excuse for delay, ramping up pressure on the president to make a call.” (Nedra Pickler And Josh Lederman, “Obama Running Out Of Reasons To Reject Keystone XL,” The Associated Press, 2/1/14)

  • The Associated Press Headline: “Obama Running Out Of Reasons To Reject Keystone XL” (Nedra Pickler And Josh Lederman, “Obama Running Out Of Reasons To Reject Keystone XL,” The Associated Press, 2/1/14)

The State Department Report “Discounted Most Of The Environmental Community’s Warnings” About Keystone. “The new State Department report that discounted most of the environmental community’s warnings about the Keystone XL oil pipeline puts the final decision on the project closer to Obama’s desk, after years in which he’s been able to dodge rendering a verdict.” (Darren Goode And Darren Samuelsohn, “Keystone Foes Pinning Final Hopes On Obama,” Politico, 2/1/14)

Perhaps Obama Should Listen To His Former Advisers And Approve The Keystone Pipeline

“Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Says He Believes The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline From Canada Should Be Built.” (Matthew Daly, “Salazar: Build Keystone XL Pipeline,” The Associated Press, 2/5/14)

Salazar Said The Keystone Pipeline Could Be Built Safely. “Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental standards and even pay for conservation programs along the pipeline route.” (Matthew Daly, “Salazar: Build Keystone XL Pipeline,” The Associated Press, 2/5/14)

  • Salazar: Keystone Could Be A “Win-Win” That Benefits U.S. Energy Security While Boosting Conservation Efforts. “Salazar told The Associated Press that the pipeline could be a ‘win-win’ project that benefits U.S. energy security while boosting conservation efforts in Montana, South Dakota and other affected states.” (Matthew Daly, “Salazar: Build Keystone XL Pipeline,” The Associated Press, 2/5/14)

Former Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon: I Would Recommend That Obama Approve Keystone Pipeline. WALTER ISAACSON: “I know you’re not in the administration anymore, so maybe you could answer. Would you recommend for the Keystone pipeline if you were there?” DONILON: “You know, I would.” (Tom Donilon, Remarks At Aspen Institute Forum, Washington, D.C., 1/7/14)

Obama By The Numbers

Obama By The Numbers

A Look At The Numbers Behind Obama’s Sputtering Economy And The ObamaCare Debacle

 

 

$27.2 Trillion: Total Amount Of Debt Projected By The End Of 2024. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
$17.3 Trillion: The Total National Debt After Five Years Of Promises To Tackle The Problem. (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 2/7/14)
$6.6 Trillion: Added To The National Debt Since Obama Became President. (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 2/11/14)
$4 Trillion: The Amount Of Debt That Obama Once Called “Irresponsible” And “Unpatriotic.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Fargo, ND, 7/3/08)
$2.2 Trillion: Total Projected Deficits For Obama’s Second Term. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
$2 Trillion: Cost Of ObamaCare’s Coverage Provisions From 2014 To 2024. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
$1.1 Trillion: Total Projected Cost Of Paying For The Federal Debt From 2013 To The End Of Obama’s Second Term. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
$880 Billion: The Projected Cost Of Paying Interest On The National Debt In 2024, Nearly Four Times The $221 Billion It Cost In 2013. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
$819.3 Billion: Total Taxes In ObamaCare. (CBO, 3/12;JCT, 6/15/12; CBO, 5/14/13; CBO, 7/30/13)
$566 Billion: How Much Government Spending Is Expected To Increase By The End Of Obama’s Second Term. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,”The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
$494 Billion: Amount Of Regulatory Burden Since Obama Took Office. (American Action Forum, 1/8/14)
$105 Billion: The Projected Increased Cost To Pay Interest On U.S. Debt During Obama’s Second Term In Office. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,”The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
$3.6 Billion: The Average Amount Of Debt Added Daily Since Obama Became President.(U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 2/11/14)
47.6 Million: Americans Receiving Food Stamps In 2013. (Department Of Agriculture, Accessed 2/7/14)
20.1 Million: Number Of Americans Unemployed, Underemployed, Or Marginally Attached To The Labor Force. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 2/11/14)
19.4 Million: The Number Of Americans That Have Joined The Food Stamp Program Since Obama Took Office. (Department Of Agriculture, Accessed 2/11/14)
10.2 Million: The Number Of People Unemployed In January 2014. (BLS, Accessed 2/11/14)
7 Million: The Number Of Americans That Will No Longer Have Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance From 2016 Through 2024 Due To ObamaCare. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,”Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
6.7 Million: The Number Of People That Have Entered Poverty Since 2008. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 2/11/14)
3.7 Million: The Number Of Americans Struggling With Long-Term Unemployment Of 27 Weeks Or Over. (BLS, Accessed 2/11/14)
2.5 Million: The Number Of Full-Time-Equivalent Workers That Will Be Lost Due To ObamaCare. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,”Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
947,000: The Increase In Americans Struggling With Long-Term Unemployment Since Obama Became President. (BLS, Accessed 2/11/14)
645,000: Construction Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office. (BLS, Accessed 2/11/14)
485,000: Manufacturing Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office. (BLS, Accessed 2/11/14)
$54,356: The Debt Per Capita For Americans In February 2014. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 2/11/14; U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 2/11/14)
$19,661: The Increase In Debt Per Capita For Americans Since Obama Took Office.(U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 2/11/14; U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 2/11/14)
$3,827: The Decline In Median House Hold Income Since Obama Became President.(Gordon Green and John Coder, “Household Income Trends Series: December 2013,” Sentier Research, 1/23/13)
$3,671: Increase In Family Health Care Premiums Under Obama, Despite His Claim That ObamaCare Would Reduce Premiums By $2,500. (The Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/20/13; President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President In The State Of The Union Address , Washington, D.C., 1/27/10)
1978: The Last Time The Labor Force Participation Rate Was At Its Current Level.(BLS, 2/7/14)
79%: The Amount Of Debt Held By The Public Compared To GDP By 2024. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
79%: Increase In The Average Price Per Gallon Of Gas Since Obama Took Office.(U.S. Energy And Information Administration, Accessed 2/11/14)
61%: The Percent Of Americans That Believe The Country Is On The Wrong Track. (The Economist/YouGov, 1000 A, 689 RV, 3% MoE, 2/1-3/14)
53%: Percentage Of Americans That Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of the Economy. ( The Economist /YouGov , 1000 A, 3% MoE, 2/1-3/14)
52%: The Percent Of Unemployed Americans Who Were 16-34-Year-Olds In January 2014. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 2/11/14)
50%: The Decline In The Labor Force Participation Rate From 2007 To 2013 Due To Fewer Job Opportunities. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
35.4: Average Number Of Weeks Someone Was Unemployed In January 2014.(BLS, Accessed 2/11/14)
15%: Poverty Rate In 2012 – An Increase From 13.2 Percent The Year Before Obama Became President. (U.S. Census, Accessed 1/31/14)
14.2%: Unemployment Rate For Those Under 25. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 2/11/14)
14: The Number Of Times Obama Has Pivoted To The Economy. (The Hill, 11/25/13)
12.1%: African American Unemployment Rate In January 2014. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 2/7/14)
8.4%: Hispanic Unemployment Rate In January 2014. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 2/7/14)
5: Highest Deficits In U.S. History Under Obama . (Office Of Management And Budget, Accessed 1/20/14)
$1.50: The Amount Gas Prices Have Increased Since Obama Became President. (U.S. Energy Information Administration , Accessed 2/7/14)
1%: The Decline In Labor Compensation From 2017 To 2024. (“The Budget And Economic Outlook: 2014 To 2024,” The Congressional Budget Office, 2/4/14)
0: Obama’s Solutions To The Debt Crisis.

The Republican National Hispanic Assembly of the United States Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Celebration Month

September 25, 2013 (Lakeland, Fl) – The Republican National Hispanic Assembly of the United States celebrates the commencement of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The 2013 National theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Hispanics: Serving and Leading our Nation with Pride and Honor”. The federal recognition of Hispanic Heritage month commences September 15th and lasts to October 15th every year. This special month of celebration is a time to remember and to honor the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans across the United States.  The U.S. Congress enacted the celebration of Hispanic Heritage in 1968.  The Hispanic Heritage celebration was designed to recognize the Independence Day for many Central and South American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Chile, and Belize.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the Hispanic Heritage celebration to last a full month.

From Native Floridian Joseph Marion Hernandez, the first Hispanic American to serve in the U.S. Congress in 1822, to Civil War Hero Admiral David G. Farragut, to Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) Member Marco Rubio, Florida’s First Hispanic Speaker of the Florida House and now a U.S. Senator, Hispanics have contributed much to American Society.  RNHA National Chairman Alci Maldonado observed: “The RNHA family proudly celebrates Hispanic Heritage month.  Since 1565 when the Spaniards established the nation’s oldest European-founded city of St. Augustine, Florida, Spanish Americans have immigrated to and settled all over our country to add to the rich diversity and success of the American Adventure.  Spanish Americans are the nation’s oldest and newest group of immigrants and accordingly, they continue to enrich every aspect of life in our beloved America.  While we celebrate all Americans and their diverse heritage, the RNHA is especially proud  of the accomplishments of those Americans who directly or indirectly trace their lineage to Latin America in the New World and to Spain in the Old World.  God Bless America!”

Republican National Hispanic Assembly Remembers September 11

Republican National Hispanic Assembly Press Release regarding September 11, 2013

Twelve years ago, our country suffered the worst attack on our soil in the history of our Republic. 2,993 innocent lives were extinguished by the acts of hate-filled terrorists. In response to that event, our great Commander-in-Chief President George W. Bush pledged that our great nation would “…lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.”

RNHA National Chairman Alci Maldonado stated: “The RNHA remembers those who were lost that fateful day on this twelfth anniversary and we pray for Divine Comfort for their survivors and their continued healing from this tragedy. America triumphed over evil and has become stronger since September 11, 2011.  Knowing, this, the members of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly also acknowledge deep gratitude to Former President Bush and to the brave men and women in our armed forces, law enforcement and other public servants who have successfully kept our country safe from additional terrorist attacks. These brave Americans have also succeeded, day by day in lifting that dark threat of violence from our people and our future. God bless them all and God bless the United States of America.”

 

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because of His compassions fail not…Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

RNHA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. March

RNHA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Lakeland, FL. The Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) commemorates the fiftieth (50th) Anniversary of the March on Washington, during which thousands of Americans gathered at the National Mall in Washington, DC, where the marchers rallied for civil and economic rights for African Americans, and which produced one of the most memorable speeches in American history.  With the backdrop of the inspirational Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of standing in the “symbolic shadow” of President Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, and called for racial harmony during his address to a crowd of tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life.

RNHA National Chairman Alci Maldonado observed that: “Dr. King was an inspired, inspirational as well as an unparalleled leader. During turbulent times, he dared to dream that America would indeed realize its potential to be the true land of equal opportunity for all Americans irrespective of background.  This day, during which we celebrate Dr. King’s dream of a better America, we confirm our commitment to his peaceful and transformative vision for our land and we affirm that we are still inspired by his quotation from Isaiah Chapter 40, and his hope for the day that ‘every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain…made low. The rough places…made plain, and the crooked places…made straight.’ May all Americans embrace the dream of Dr. King and appreciate the significance of the March on Washington and may God bless our America, that shining city on the hill, where all may peaceably gather to support grand and good ideas and to commit to what is just and right.”

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
 James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938).

RNHA 2013 Independence Day Statement

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 

Lakeland, Florida – In 1776, during the Second Continental Congress, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Congress debated and revised the Declaration and gave its final approval on July 4, 1776.

Republican National Hispanic Assembly National (RNHA) Chairman Alci Maldonado released the following statement: “As we celebrate our nation’s independence with family and friends, we acknowledge the strength and fortitude of our Forefathers who fought for freedom. Today we specifically remember the members of our Armed Forces who serve us here at home and abroad to enable us to live in freedom, to celebrate with our families and friends, as well as to express our disagreement with the current administration and to voice our concerns about the path our Nation is following at present. The Declaration of Independence is as relevant today as it was 237 years ago. God Bless Our service men and women, their families, and God Bless America!

 

Memorial Day 2013 Press Release

Lakeland, Fl. (May 25, 2013) -

 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

The RNHA family remembers the American patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.  RNHA National Chairman Alci Maldonado observed: “Our America is safe, secure and free due to the sacrifices of the members of our nation’s armed services. We are a nation at war and so many American families have sacrificed so much with the loss of their loved ones who have served our country so valiantly. We remember these patriots and their families as well. It is difficult to find the right words to comfort the families of these fallen American heroes. We are reminded of the beautiful sentiment President Abraham Lincoln expressed on November 21, 1864 to Mrs. Bixby of Massachusetts upon learning of her loss of five sons on the field of battle: ‘…I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from a grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.’ The RNHA remembers our American sons and daughters who indeed laid such costly sacrifices upon the altar of freedom. We honor them and their families this Memorial Day. God bless and keep our troops and their familes and God bless America.”

RNHA STATEMENT REGARDING APPARENT BOSTON TERROR ATTACK TODAY

Lakeland, Fl. (April 15, 2013)-The Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) released the following statement through RNHA National Chairman Alci Maldonado in response to the apparent terror attack in Boston, Massachusetts today, April 15, 2013: “The members of the RNHA are shocked and saddened regarding the apparent terror attacks at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts today. We do not want to believe that our fellow Americans have been the victims of terrorism, but apparently it is so. We pray for the victims, their families, our elected leaders and first responders as well as for our great nation. God bless America.”

RNHA Wishes You a Happy Easter!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover from the RNHA

Lakeland, Fl. (March 31, 2013) – The Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) wishes you and your families a blessed and peaceful Easter and Passover.

The Lord has risen indeed! Luke 24:34

Chairman Maldonado added: “Great is our Lord’s faithfulness. Our very help in times of prosperity, trouble and need.  During these troubled times when traditional values come under daily assault, let us remember that our Lord’s values never change. Our country needs to turn to Him. May the God and Firstborn of Creation bless you and yours this Holy Week.  Happy Easter, Happy Passover and God bless you, and God bless America.”

RNHA Press Release Regarding State of the Union Speech and RNHA Member and US Senator Marco Rubio’s Response on behalf of the Republican Party

Lakeland, FL.  The Republican National Hispanic Assembly applauds RNHA Member and US Senator Marco Rubio’s response to President Barack Obama’s remarks at the State of the Union address. RNHA National Chairman Alci Maldonado released the following statement:

“President Obama is apparently not really serious about growing the economy and creating jobs.  Tonight was nothing more than Mr. Obama’s pivot to distance himself from the most pressing news of the day – the dismal Obama economy.  The president has set a troubling precedent of ignoring the economic realities facing his administration while exhibiting extreme overreach; he is attempting to strip individuals of freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution and saddling our states with excessive regulations that hinder job growth and cost taxpayer dollars.”

Chairman Maldonado added:
“Tonight our own RNHA member and US Senator Marco Rubio unequivocally outlined a strong and clear vision to bring economic growth and prosperity back to our nation that puts trust in the ingenuity and hard work of the people– not the government- to create jobs.  The son of immigrants, Senator Rubio understands the value of hard work and the promise of the prosperity that this president’s policies have made more difficult for millions of Americans to achieve.  As our Republican led states have shown, policies of lower taxes, smaller government and more personal freedoms ensure that everyone has the opportunities to achieve the American Dream. I am an immigrant to this great country as well as many of our own RNHA members. We must fight to preserve and enhance the American dream for all. God bless America.”