HONORING THE LIFE OF JUAN PABLO DUARTE; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 17
(House of Representatives - January 28, 2019)

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  (Mr. ESPAILLAT asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute.)
  Mr. ESPAILLAT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Juan 
Pablo Duarte, the founding father of the Dominican Republic. Duarte was 
instrumental in the war of Dominican independence, and he fought for a 
liberal democracy.
  January 26, this past Saturday, marked Duarte's birthday, a day that 
is celebrated in the Dominican Republic as a national holiday, and 
Dominicans celebrated it across the world.
  Last week, I introduced H. Res. 64, which supports the ideals of Juan 
Pablo Duarte Day, and urges the recognition of this day in the United 
States, as many Dominican Americans celebrate here as well.
  This resolution is one of three I introduced last week to mark the 
beginning of Dominican Heritage Month to honor the Dominican American 
community in my district and across the country.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask that my many colleagues join me in recognizing 
this important day and the contributions of Dominican Americans across 
the United States.