USHCC Responds to President Obama’s National Address


Washington, D.C.—The Chairman of the Board of

Directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), David C.

Lizárraga, issued the following statement after listening to President Barack

Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress—and the

nation—while sitting in the Speaker’s Box in the gallery of the

U.S. House of Representatives at the invitation of Speaker Nancy Pelosi:


“I arrived in

Washington today to demonstrate the

continued commitment of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to work

with the new administration and Congressional leaders as the nation works to

recover from the current economic crisis. The Hispanic community in general,

and our business owners and entrepreneurs in particular, understand on a deeply

personal level the fundamental potential and opportunity that our great nation

continues to possess as well as the need to reenergize our traditional optimism

and entrepreneurial spirit.”


“Tonight, President Obama acknowledged the need for

several urgent actions, particularly the need to re-open the flow of credit to

consumers and small business owners, as well as several other fundamental

priorities that, for too long, we have neglected to address but must resolve to

ensure a more prosperous future. We need to make sure that the policies that

ultimately come out of Washington

really help people. As President Obama emphasized, small business owners must

be able to gain access to affordable loans, credit, and the capital necessary

for them not only to keep their doors open but also to prosper over the longer



“The USHCC has been working hard over the past

several months to promote improved access to credit for small businesses. We

have also been pushing seriously for other crucial issues such as health care

reform, fundamental education reform, and concrete plans to promote green

energy. President Obama’s speech this evening clearly demonstrates that

we are on the same page and the USHCC looks forward to continuing our dialogue

with his administration.


“We will not waste a single moment to promote this

dialogue and to ensure that the Hispanic business community is heard and its

concerns are included in the national agenda to help the country recover

economically. That is why we will be coming to

Washington , D.C.

in just under two weeks for our national Legislative Conference and we will

engage these same leaders in an open and honest dialogue on these critical



About the

United States Hispanic Chamber of


Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic

growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests

of almost 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that

generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella

organization for 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United

States , Puerto Rico ,

Canada , Mexico ,

Bolivia and

Uruguay .


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