Starting Wednesday, November 13th, Venezuelans in the United States will have a space for official representation before the U.S. Congress, the product of a joint and bipartisan effort promoted by representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D), Venezuelan organizations that make life in the U.S., and the effort of the Venezuelan Embassy led by Ambassador Carlos Vecchio.
“Next Wednesday, November 13th, we have the honor of accompanying in the United States Congress representatives Diaz-Balart and Wasserman-Schultz, who together with organizations of our diaspora and our support, will formalize the ‘U.S. Congressional Caucus for Democracy in Venezuela’,” said Ambassador Vecchio.
The diplomat added that “from the Venezuelan Embassy that represents the interim government of President Juan Guaidó before the United States, we have worked very hard, together with dozens of Venezuelan brothers and allied congressmen, to achieve this Caucus that will strengthen the struggle for the re-establishment of democracy and freedom in our homeland, to promote with greater forcefulness mechanisms of protection for the Venezuelan community in the U.S. to offer migratory tranquility and avoid arrests and deportations of our citizens who seek support while we eject the criminal dictatorship of Maduro, and greater measures of pressure to stop the suffering of millions of brothers who continue fighting from Venezuela against the usurper regime.
The U.S. Senate glossary of terms defines a Caucus as “an informal organization of members of the House or Senate, or both, that exists to discuss issues of mutual interest and possibly to conduct legislative research and policy planning for its members.”
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart explained, on behalf of his counterparts, that this Caucus “is a bipartisan group that we are going to expand to maintain the emphasis and support for the cause of freedom in Venezuela. We are totally united in the basic concept: Venezuela’s absolute freedom and that means the return of democracy, sovereignty.”
The Venezuelan Caucus will become official in the spaces of The House Triangle of the United States Capitol, in Washington, at 3 p.m. next Wednesday, with the participation of Venezuelan authorities, authorities of the U.S. Congress and a large group of organizations and members of the diaspora in the U.S.