Mel Martinez is renewing his call for the Senate to pass a resolution expressing solidarity with the writers, journalists, and librarians of Cuba.
Though the effort was to recognize imprisoned Cuban writers on May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day, an unknown senator took offense to the measure and its been stalled in the Senate.
“Our recognition and expression of solidarity with those seeking the same rights and freedoms upon which our nation is built is overdue," said Martinez, the first Cuban born US senator. "It sends a strong message to Cubans; and it sends a message to the world that we stand on the side of freedom and democracy.”
The resolution names and calls for the immediate release of 26 people currently imprisoned in Cuba as identified by International PEN and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Martinez's office has narrowed down its list of suspects to Democrats on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.