Matsui Meets with President Biden and Vice President Harris at White House to Address AAPI Priorities

With anti-AAPI discrimination on the rise, Congresswoman Matsui and CAPAC leaders discuss solutions with President Biden.

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2021 | George Hatamiya (916-201-5412)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) met with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) to address the priorities of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. The group also worked to find solutions for the continued uptick in anti-Asian violence and discrimination across the nation.

“Over the last few years, and particularly in the past year of this pandemic, we have seen vividly how the rhetoric at the highest levels of government has consequential ripples all the way down to our neighborhoods,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Words matter. Leadership matters – and President Biden and Vice President Harris’ example of compassion and call for action show a clear effort to change the tone of the national discussion towards AAPI communities. The President and I both realize and understand the need to address the root of these problems. In our meeting, I called on his Administration to re-establish the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which would increase the AAPI community’s access to Federal resources and programs.”

“The meeting today also touched upon how we can create opportunities for all Americans through his American Jobs Plan,” Matsui continued. “The President’s plan delivers on his promises to create millions of good-paying jobs and rebuild our country’s infrastructure in a sustainable and equitable way. As leaders in the AAPI community we look forward to continuing our discussions with the President as we work to build our economy back better and ensure the dignity of all Americans.”

Congresswoman Matsui has been an outspoken advocate against the recent discrimination and violence towards the AAPI community. Last month, she testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing addressing these topics and told her unique story.

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