Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
MIAMI, FL – Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Hispanic Caucus and first South American born immigrant elected to Congress, introduced a bipartisan resolution denouncing the Maduro regime’s efforts to hold fraudulent legislative elections in Venezuela this December. The upcoming legislative elections for Venezuela’s National Assembly in December 2020 will not comply with international standards for free, fair, and transparent electoral processes.
“Maduro has made it clear that under his cruel, narco-regime, no election will be free or fair and this bipartisan resolution is a forceful and direct message that Congress denounces his desperate and unjust power grabs,” said Mucarsel-Powell. “The international community has and continues to condemn these sham elections that are merely a front to further silence the voice of the Venezuelan people yearning for democracy and suffering in a deteriorating humanitarian disaster.”
“Maduro’s continued usurpation of Venezuela’s electoral council, democratically-elected National Assembly, and institutions for the purpose of holding fraudulent elections must come to an end. The Venezuelan people continue to suffer at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime, and they deserve the freedom to choose their leaders in a free and transparent process,” said U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, who is co-leading the resolution. “This bipartisan resolution condemns the illegitimate Maduro regime’s sham electoral process, acknowledges condemnation by the international community, and recognizes Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela’s interim government. I stand with my colleagues in denouncing Maduro’s continued abuses against the Venezuelan people and stand with them in their struggle against tyranny.”
The resolution follows a Senate resolution introduced earlier this week by Senators Robert Menendez and Marco Rubio. The House resolution is co-led by U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-R) and cosponsored by U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-R), Albio Sires (NJ-D), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-D), Donna Shalala (FL-D), Darren Soto (FL-D), Al Hastings (FL-D), Ted Deutch (FL-D), Charlie Crist (FL-D), Stephanie Murphy (FL-D), Val Demings (FL-D), Lois Frankel (FL-D), and Michael Waltz (FL-R).