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Pascrell, Amodei Call for Proclamation of October as Italian-American Heritage Month

Co-chairs of Congressional Italian-American Delegation push Congress to designate month in celebration of Italian culture

U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Mark E. Amodei (R-NV-02), co-chairs of the Congressional Italian-American Delegation, introduced of a resolution in the House of Representatives to establish October as Italian and Italian-American Heritage Month. The resolution is cosponsored by U.S. Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-NY-03), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-02), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06), Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Maria Salazar (R-FL-27), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Scott Peters (D-CA-52), Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), David Cicilline (D-RI-01), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21).

“Here in New Jersey and across America, Italian-Americans are an important facet of our cultural makeup. Establishing a month in recognition of our people’s successes honors the enormous contributions the Italian and Italian-American people have made to our nation’s progress,” said Rep. Pascrell, a descendent of Italian immigrants. “October is an especially significant month for Italian-Americans, and I am proud to introduce this resolution to celebrate the long history of Italian-American culture and success here in the United States. I thank my co-chair Rep. Amodei for helping lead this legislation and I look forward to working toward its passage in the House.”

“This October, I am proud to join my fellow Italian-Americans in recognizing our shared heritage and history. Together, we remember our ancestors and we pay tribute to their achievements,” said Rep. Amodei. “We also celebrate the strong Italian-American partnership that binds our countries together economically and culturally. I am honored to introduce this bipartisan resolution again this Congress with my fellow co-chair Rep. Bill Pascrell and look forward to the passage of this legislation, a testament to our shared Italian-American heritage.”

The National Italian American Foundation is grateful to the Italian American Congressional Delegation Co-chairs Congressman Bill Pascrell and Mark Amodei for continuing the tradition of recognizing the month of October as Italian American Heritage Month,” said NIAF Chairman Robert E. Carlucci. “For more than 3 decades Italian American Heritage Month has afforded the nation an opportunity to reflect on the immense contributions of the 25 million Americans of Italian descent and those of their ancestors whose labor helped to build and enrich our country in so many ways. Moreover, Italian American Heritage Month serves to remind all our fellow citizens of the Italic origins of our country from the Columbian encounter which paved the way for more than 5 centuries of immigration from around the world to the naming of America itself in honor of Amerigo Vespucci.”

A champion of promoting the contributions and successes of Italian-Americans, Rep. Pascrell has led efforts in the Congress to designate October in honor of Italian heritage. In addition to his position as co-chair of the Italian-American Delegation, he also serves as a legislative branch liaison to the Republic of Italy.

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