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This Congressman Was Denied Membership To The Congressional Hispanic Caucus And He Claims The Reason Is Discriminatory

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Congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Republican representing Florida’s 26th district, is embroiled in a fight with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) after the organization denied his application for membership.

According to The Miami Herald, Curbelo has been trying to join the caucus since February. He claims that his rejection is proof that Latino Americans are divided by party lines and cautioned that the partisanship could backfire on the caucus. The CHC doesn’t deny those accusations in their statement on Curbelo’s rejection.

“After due consideration, the CHC determined not to accept Rep. Curbelo’s request to join the Caucus,” CHC spokesperson Carlos Paz Jr. says in the statement. “The CHC isn’t just an organization for Hispanics; it is a caucus that represents certain values. This vote reflects the position of many of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his record are not consistent with those values.”

Politico reports that a major point of contention between the CHC and Curbelo stem from a difference in opinion over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the GOP tax reform bill. The Cuban-American politician argued that his stance on both issues aren’t as partisan as caucus members believe. However, The Lugar Center – McCourt School of Bipartisan Index ranks the representative 11th for his bipartisanship work in the House.

“This is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. As far as I’m concerned, it means that if you’re in Congress and you’re Hispanic, you should be allowed to join,” Curbelo told Stuart Varney while appearing on his Fox Business channel show, “Varney & Co.” “There’s no exclusion based on some of your beliefs or the way you view things. It’s a very ugly message to send. It sends a message that the American Hispanic community should be segregated.”

Democrats are actively working to unseat Curbelo, who is up for re-election in 2018. The Republican currently represents a blue-leaning district of southern Florida that includes Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Miami-Dade County went for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 30 points, while Monroe County voted Trump over Clinton by seven points. Based on the recent election results in Virginia, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Montana, Republicans in Florida may have cause for concern.


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Here's Why Representative Luis Gutierrez Will Not Be Seeking Re-Election To Congress

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Here’s Why Representative Luis Gutierrez Will Not Be Seeking Re-Election To Congress

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Luis Gutiérrez is leaving Congress but staying in the fight for immigrant rights.

Representative Luis Gutiérrez announced Tuesday that he would not be running for re-election after serving the 4th Congressional district of Illinois for more than 20 years. Instead, Rep. Gutiérrez has promised that he will move to the private sector to build a “new, fierce framework for immigrant rights.” The Illinois politician also announced his longing to help Puerto Rico, the birthplace of his parents and wife, to rebuild.

“I love Puerto Rico and she’s in a lot of pain,” Rep. Gutiérrez said through tears. “There’s a lot of people who turned their backs on her and she needs to be rebuilt. I cannot be here in the 4th Congressional district and rebuilding the home of my mom and my dad, where my wife was born; a place that I love so much. I’m going to work really hard until she is completely rebuilt to 21st century standards.”

Rep. Gutiérrez did turn things to a lighter note when he addressed questions about his sudden departure. Rather than waiting until he was an old man on a respirator, Rep. Gutiérrez told reporters that he is happy to leave standing with his beautiful wife and daughter by his side. Gutiérrez has since endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” Garcia to succeed him. Rep. Gutiérrez is expected to finish out his term, which ends in 2019.

People are saddened by the news because his voice had been so powerful.

Rep. Gutiérrez took to the floor of the House several times over the years to address the concerns of his constituents and the Latino community. He has been a vocal proponent of just immigrant rights and has recently been the most vocal politician fighting for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Gutiérrez is receiving thanks and appreciation for all the work he has done during his time in office.

“Congressman Luis Gutiérrez has fought tirelessly to uphold our deepest held values and been an ardent defender of immigrants, the Puerto Rican community, and hard-working Americans across this nation,” Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lejan Grisham said in an email statement. “To the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressman Gutiérrez’s example and enduring legacy of principled leadership will continue to guide generations of leaders. During his career, he courageously and boldly traveled to every corner of our country to give hope to all those who believed in the promise of America. It is for that reason that Congressman Gutiérrez’s impact should not be measured in words, but rather in the number of lives he’s changed for the better.”

His work has impacted the lives of so many people outside of his constituency.

He has been arrested numerous times fighting for the rights of DACA recipients and immigrant rights.

His work has made others long for more politicians like him.

Best of luck in your future endeavors, Rep. Gutiérrez. Your voice will be missed in Congress.


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