This week, with the strong support of the Florida delegation, the Venezuela Democracy Caucus was launched on Capitol Hill.
The new caucus was created “to support freedom for the Venezuelan people who have endured years of suffering under brutal and illegitimate tyranny” and “will focus a spotlight on the Venezuelan crisis and support policies to swiftly restore democracy and provide humanitarian assistance to its people.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., will chair the new caucus.
“It is critical we keep a bright spotlight on the criminal and human tragedy taking place in Venezuela. What is unfolding before our eyes is an epic humanitarian crisis. More than four million people have fled due to political chaos, worsening economic conditions, and shortages of food and medicine,” Wasserman Schultz said on Wednesday. “So we must do what we can to stop it. All of us know that when Americans stand together, we stand stronger. And the best way to turn Venezuela’s situation around is by uniting our efforts, and working together, in a bipartisan fashion.
“The world needs to see the corrupt Maduro regime for what it truly is: An anti-democratic, criminal regime that inflicts horrific suffering on its own people, blocking the delivery of food and essential supplies in a desperate attempt to cling to power,” Wasserman Schultz added. “The best way to make the world see that is by marshalling all our political resources and working toward a common goal. That’s why I am both energized and hopeful by what we are doing here today: launching the bipartisan Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus.”
“I’m proud to join with my friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in launching the bipartisan Venezuela Democracy Caucus. Through this important congressional organization, we aim to intensify our efforts in the U.S. Congress by focusing on support for the Venezuelan people, continuing to press for freedom and democracy, and imposing pressure on the brutal Maduro regime,” said Diaz-Balart. “We must continue to focus our attention on supporting the Venezuelan people with humanitarian assistance, democracy programming, and tough sanctions on the corrupt, oppressive, and anti-American Maduro regime.”
The new caucus has 16 members including the two chairs. Other members from the Florida delegation in the caucus include Democrat U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala and Darren Soto and Republican U.S. Reps. Francis Rooney, John Rutherford, Michael Waltz and Ted Yoho.
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