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House Passes Venezuela Resolution from Florida Congresswomen

September 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

With concerns about Venezuela as the economy continues to plummet and food reserves growing short, the U.S. House passed a resolution from two congresswomen from Florida expressing concerns and taking aim at the Maduro regime. 

Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen unveiled their resolution earlier this month “expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging the release of political prisoners, and calling for respect of constitutional and democratic processes.” 

More than half of the Florida delegation signed on immediately as Republicans Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Carlos Curbelo, Ron DeSantis, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ted Yoho and Democrats Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alan Grayson, Alcee Hastings, Patrick Murphy and Frederica Wilson co-sponsored the resolution. 

On Tuesday, the House passed the resolution without objection. 

Wasserman Schultz weighed in on Tuesday after her resolution was passed. 

“This resolution states in no uncertain terms that President Maduro’s shameful and rampant corruption in Venezuela must end,” Wasserman Schultz said. “He has jailed political opponents, mismanaged the economy, and continued to refuse millions of Venezuelans calls for a referendum. Families all across Venezuela are starving, and their local stores’ shelves are empty of both food and life-saving medicine. The Venezuelan people are crying out for their voices to be heard and their rights respected, and we must ensure they are not crying out in vain. I thank my South Florida friend and colleague, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, as well as the bipartisan members who supported the bill, for their leadership on this important legislation,.”

Ros-Lehtinen, the former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who currently sits on the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, also offered her take. 

“I am honored to stand alongside my South Florida colleague Debbie Wasserman Schultz in order to pass another bipartisan Venezuela resolution in the House of Representatives to condemn the misguided policies of Maduro’s corrupt regime while advocating for the release of all political prisoners, including U.S. citizens, and for the respect of democratic principles,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “We must not let Maduro continue to stall the democratic processes in Venezuela for his own political gain.  The humanitarian, economic, and political situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate quickly and the international community needs to re-focus its efforts to help the Venezuelan people who are yearning for freedom and for convening recall elections in 2016.”

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As the bill's approval vote was taking place, you could hear people in the halls calling..."Marco"?, "Marco"?...and so it went, just another payday for Rubio! GO TRUMP!!

So, Missy Piggy and her ilk are finally being held accountable. #BrianCraigShow #RikFelon

How so?

HoHummm,...SO, What's new in Venezuela ?.. NOTHING !!!.. (and who cares?!?) This is EXACTLY what's wrong with Congress !!!... Two "flakey" women postulating 'issues' about presidents in South American countries when there are SO MANY problems right here "under their noses" in America...(and their 'home State' of Florida). Do they want Venezuelan oil ? Well, how about promoting our own natural resources and finishing the "pipeline" to deliver our OWN oil to us? These two pedantic "clowns" need to be removed from their "two well polished" House seats and sent home FINALLY ! [AND their "lockstep followers" in the "House" need to stop being "led around by the nose" just because there's an election brewing; STAND UP you morons, and at least ACT "Statesmanlike" and stop OBAMA, and his minions, from "buying up America's land" with our TAXES to prevent natural resource exploration (as needed). {Look toward former Secretary of State Seward who bought Alaska from the Russians in order to provide natural resources for America;.. and then morons (just like you in Congress) suppressed even THAT intention with every Administration that "raises its ugly head (Russia's Putin is leading up to 'walking in' and 'taking it back' while all you worry about is your re-election to your "political seat... SHAME ON YOU !

dude, you gotta learn what quotation marks are for and some restraint on using them.

You MUST be a politician "Anon", because you're CERTAINLY a "moron" (My quote to you...)

Anything you can do to help us fight the crisis and disaster that this "revolution" has brought upon Venezuela will be appreciated. Things are much worse than many people think. Professionals like me, with two sources of income plus my wife's are struggling to make ends meet, have lost lots of pounds and cannot afford to pay for anything but food and rent. Keep helping us, please.

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