WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) today received the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) “Legislator of the Year Award,” to be presented tonight at the USHCC 20th Annual Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Excerpts and full text (as prepared for delivery) of Congressman Cantor’s speech are below:
“All of our ancestors came to this country for the same reason: because here, there simply are no limits.”
“As we strive for a national immigration strategy, we must remember that America is a country of laws and borders. But we also won’t forget that America is a nation of inclusion – a place built and nourished by its rich diversity and tradition of immigration.”
“Some in Washington hope the history books will point to the health care bill as a reflection of the legacy we pass on. Many of their policies respond to our problems by increasing the role of government in all aspects the economy.”
“But this comes at a cost. By ceding more and more control over our lives to the government, we sacrifice our ability to make our own decisions and take control of our own destiny. We Republicans believe in a different way. And in the coming years, we will fight to keep the expansion of government in check.”
“We must put a premium on education and research. Education reform should be treated as a gateway to opportunity for underprivileged kids and all kids.”
“We will put a lid on our debt so that future generations don’t suffer because they have to pay off the excesses of today.”
Background: Founded in 1979, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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