LATINO LEADERS CONCERNED ABOUT MULVANEY’S CONFIRMATION AS DIRECTOR OF OMB
WASHINGTON - The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 40 of the nation's preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, remains concerned about Mr. Trump’s nominees and the Senate’s unwillingness to put the American people and our country’s interests before politics. Mick Mulvaney’s confirmation as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget is another example of private interests winning out over the public good.
While Mulvaney won the votes required for his confirmation, he must win over the Latino community by advancing a fair approach to the federal budget that ultimately creates paths to enhance the economic status of Latinos and growing the nation’s middle class. Furthermore, we will hold him accountable to improve retirement security, reform tax policy, and ensure a diverse and equitable workplace.
In addition, we will do all that is in our power to prevent him from changing the retirement age and cut back Social Security and Medicaid. The Latino community makes great contributions to our workforce and our economy. However, the continued wage and wealth gap leaves Latinos dependent on social security for their retirement. In fact, it is estimated that 26% of Latinos rely on Social Security for more than 90% of their retirement income.
Mr. Mulvaney received a pass from the Senate for his failure to pay FICA and federal state and unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. However, the Latino community will not overlook his responsibility to uphold the ethical standards that all public servants are called to abide by. NHLA will continue to hold the administration accountable for its role in ensuring that the federal government employs a diverse workforce and is led by ethical leaders.
“Mulvaney’s desire to scale back Social Security and Medicaid is of particular concern. The Latino community relies on and contributes to both Social Security and Medicaid in significant numbers and would be negatively impacted by such cuts. Policies like these fail to consider the needs of all Americans, including the Latino community, and as Director of OMB we will hold him accountable for actions that are inclusive and beneficial for the entire nation,” said Hector Sanchez, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP AGENDA
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is composed of 40 of the leading national and regional Latino civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Latinos Americans. NHLA coalition members represent the diversity of the Latino community – Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latino Americans. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Latino community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Latino leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit: www.nationalhispanicleadership.org.
NHLA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Alianza Americas | American GI Forum | ASPIRA Association, Inc. | Avance | Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute | Farmworker Justice | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities | Hispanic Federation | Hispanic National Bar Association | Inter-University Program for Latino Research | Labor Council for Latin American Advancement | Latino Justice PRLDEF | League of United Latin American Citizens | MANA, A National Latina Organization | Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund | NALEO Educational Fund | National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives | National Association of Hispanic Publications | National Association of Latino Independent Producers | National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. | National Council of La Raza | National Hispana Leadership Institute | National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators | National Hispanic Council on Aging | National Hispanic Environmental Council | National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts | National Hispanic Media Coalition | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Institute for Latino Policy | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health | National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc. | Presente.org | SER – Jobs for Progress National, Inc. | Southwest Voter Registration Education Project | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | United States Hispanic Leadership Institute | United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce | U.S.-Mexico Foundation