Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Addresses U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Calls for Colombia Free Trade Agreement, Immigration Reform

Mar 12, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) addressed the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce during their19th Annual Legislative Conference on Capitol Hill. 

“Americans are facing a tough economic reality and the last thing Congress should do is continue to raise taxes on families and small businesses, double the national debt and spend billions on interest alone.  Unlike some in Washington, American families and small businesses do not have the luxury of not paying their taxes. 

“Among other proposals that would help jump-start our economy are two critical ones to the Hispanic community that are not getting any attention.  A free trade agreement with Colombia would create jobs here at home, especially within the Hispanic community.  Congress must show its support for this key ally in the region by approving a free trade agreement. 

“Comprehensive immigration reform is another issue that has been promised and is way overdue.  This is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants.  We must fix our broken immigration system by securing our borders, recognizing the large undocumented population and providing a reasonable path to legalization,” said Diaz-Balart.