Congressional Republicans and Democrats don’t really agree on much these days, so when they do, it is a refreshing reminder of how Washington politics is supposed to work.
One issue that most, if not all members of the US Congress support, is the effort to sanction the repressive Socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela.
President Trump has said that he is weighing all of his options in dealing with Maduro’s government, as well as levying more sanctions against those in his inner circle.
Vice President Mike Pence echoed the president on a recent trip to south Florida, where he and Senator Marco Rubio (R) visited with Venezuelan dissidents living in the city of Doral.
But while Senator Rubio has taken the lead on the Venezuelan issue, other members of South Florida’s congressional delegation have to also stepped up their efforts to bring attention to the human rights violations occurring in Venezuela.
Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, along with Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (D), Ted Deutch (D), Carlos Curbelo (R), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R), have all strongly condemned Venezuela’s regime.
In 2016, Wasserman Schultz introduced H.Res. 851, a bill that called upon Maduro’s regime to, among other things, to “ immediately release all political prisoners, including U.S. citizens, to provide protections for freedom of expression and assembly, and to respect internationally recognized human rights.”
Wasserman Schultz’s congressional district includes the city of Weston in Broward County, or as it is better known, “Westonzuela.
There are a significant amount of Venezuelan’s living in Weston, hence the nickname.
This Thursday in “Westonzuela,” Wasserman Schultz will be holding a “Venezuela Community Forum” to update her constituents on the ongoing human rights crisis in that country.