On Monday, November 2, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution honoring Filipino American History Month. Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA-52) introduced House Resolution 780, “Recognizing Filipino American History Month in October.”
Rep. Filner, Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Philippine Friendship Caucus and Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has been a longstanding ally of the Filipino American community and most notably, champion of Filipino World War II veterans legislation.
“I was surprised to learn that the House of Representatives has never recognized this month, which is long overdue!” Chairman Filner said. “We are pleased to honor the Filipino American community and pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions that Filipinos make to this nation. Filipino Americans have been part of the American experience, confronting many difficult challenges while being resolute and steadfast in their cultural heritage.”
The Senate passed its own version of this bill as Senate Resolution (S. Res) 298 by unanimous consent on October 1 to kick off Filipino American History Month.
Text of the H. Res. 780 can be found here.