Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Joins Letter to Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew to Urge Support for Venezuelan People

Aug 26, 2016
Press Release

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) joined House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Chairman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Ranking Member Albio Sires (NJ-08) on a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew urging support for the Venezuelan people. More than 30 Members of Congress called for a recall referendum by the end of 2016, the release of all political prisoners, and the continued issuance of sanctions to operatives of the Maduro regime.

"While the Maduro regime continues to censor the media, brutally suppress dissent, imprison the opposition and destroy Venezuela's economy through corruption and gross mismanagement, the Obama administration has done little to help the Venezuelan people in their struggle. I join my colleagues in this important, bipartisan letter which urges the administration to work toward ending the Maduro regime's corruption of democratic institutions and civil society in Venezuela. I commend the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC), and the Ranking Member, Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), for spearheading this important effort."

See the letter here.