The National Organization of Portuguese-Americans (NOPA) reported today that their efforts to reinstate the Congressional Portuguese American Caucus were successful. Congressmen Cardoza (CA-18) and Costa (CA-20) are now officially co-chairs of the Congressional Portuguese-American Caucus for the 112th Congress (2011-2012).
According to NOPA’s news release, the organization is “extremely thankful to the Congressmen for their commitment and to their staff for their efforts to officially reinstate the Caucus after eight years of being defunct.” NOPA is also hopeful that “Portuguese American Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-20) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) will sign on as co-chairs of the Caucus.”
In their statement, NOPA’s staff “are grateful to them and all the Members of Congress of Portuguese descent for their work on behalf of the community and the awareness they generate of the contributions our community members are making at all levels of society, but we feel it is important for all the Portuguese-American Members of Congress to be co-chairs of this Caucus,” states the release.
NOPA appeals to the Portuguese-American community to contact the offices of Congressman Nunes (D-CA) and Senator Toomey (R-PA) urging them to join and co-chair the reinstated Portuguese-American Caucus. In their statement, NOPA remarks of the importance for the Portuguese-American community to have a stronger voice at Capitol Hill.
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The National Organization of Portuguese-Americans (NOPA) is a national non-profit, tax exempt organization that supports and works with communities and organizations to advocate for and empower Portuguese-Americans.