Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Commemorates Colombian Independence Day as the Colombian Community in South Florida and around the U.S. celebrate

Jul 20, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement on Colombia’s Independence Day. Diaz-Balart comments:

“I would like to join President Juan Manual Santos, the people of Colombia and Colombians in South Florida as they celebrate their 201 years of Independence from Spain. Colombians’ love of freedom and democracy is admirable and should be an example to other countries in the region. 

“On this special day, it is worthwhile to reiterate the importance of passing the free trade agreement with Colombia. Colombia remains our strongest ally and friend in the western hemisphere. The trade agreement would not only strengthen ties between the two countries, create jobs at a time of 9.2% unemployment rate, but also expand our export market during lethargic economic growth.” 

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart represents Florida’s 21st Congressional District, which includes parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Diaz-Balart’s Congressional District includes one of the largest groups of Colombian and Colombian-Americans in the entire United States.  Diaz-Balart is a Co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Colombia and currently serves as Co-Chairman.