U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will be heading to South Florida later this week to focus on efforts to bring democracy to Venezuela.
Pelosi will be in Weston on Thursday to take part in an event billed as “Community Dialogue on Venezuelan Democracy Efforts.” Carlos Vecchio, who the opposition to the Maduro regime considers Venezuela’s ambassador to the U.S., will be attending the event. So will U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-NJ, who chairs the U.S. House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.
Three Democrats who represent the area–U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala and Debbie Wasserman Schultz–will also attend the event.
Wasserman Schultz’s office noted that “more than 200,000 Venezuelans live in the Sunshine State and most reside in South Florida” while showcasing House Democrats’ efforts to help that community including extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to exiles from the Maduro regime and expanding humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
“House Democrats will continue to press for TPS protections and targeted measures that can restore democratic governance and economic stability to Venezuela, and relieve the suffering of its people,” Wasserman Schultz’s office insisted.
“We cannot champion Venezuelans in Venezuela, then ignore them here. America must work with international allies to restore free, fair, and transparent elections there, and not indulge nations that support this violent, repressive regime,” Wasserman Schultz said on Tuesday. “Speaker Pelosi led the House in passing tough measures to protect Venezuelans, here and at home. The speaker and my House colleagues are eager to strategize with Venezuelans in Florida on how to continue these efforts.”
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