Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart, Pierluisi to Chair Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus

Jul 17, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Members Participate in Reception Honoring Congressional Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC-This week the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus was re-introduced in the House of Representatives with a kick-off reception honoring Congressman Xavier Becerra and Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño, who served as inaugural co-chairs of the Caucus last Congress.  Former staff director of the Caucus, Luis Bacó, and His Excellency Jorge Dezcallar, Ambassador of Spain to the US, were also recognized.

“The United States shares hundreds of years of rich history and deep ties through migration, trade, commerce, and culture with the Spanish people.  In this time of economic need and uncertainty throughout the world, it is imperative that free and democratic nations work together,” said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.  “I am pleased to be co-chairing this Caucus with Resident Commissioner Pierluisi, and look forward to working together and strengthening relations between our two nations.”

“Following in Fortuño and Becerra’s footsteps, I became Co-chair—along with my friend, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart—of the Caucus in February. Since then, we have worked with the Embassy to develop an exciting and ambitious agenda. Pursuant to this agenda, we will be hosting a series of congressional briefings and other events after the August recess. Through the caucus we will continue to explore the opportunities that arise from our good relations with Spain,” said Resident Commissioner Pedro R. Pierluisi.

The Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus is bipartisan and works to further enhance bilateral relations between the U.S. and Spain and to promote political, economic and social exchange between the two nations.  Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Resident Commissioner Pedro R. Pierluisi of Puerto Rico serve as co-chairs.  

For more information about the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus contact Miguel Mendoza in the office of Diaz-Balart at 202-225-2778 or Laura Maristany in the office of Pierluisi at 202-225-2615.