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Miami Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen files Venezuela legislation in Congress


Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen filed legislation Tuesday in Congress deploring violence in Venezuela and calling for dialogue between the government and opposition protesters who have taken to the streets for two weeks.

The Miami Republican's measure is part of an effort by Florida politicians of both parties to try to bring attention to the turmoil and to pressure the Obama administration to continue condemning repressive tactics against the opposition.

According to a news release by Ros-Lehtinen's office, House Resolution 488 also urges the Organization of American States to convene its Permanent Council to seek a way to end the violence, which has resulted in the deaths of at least 16 people. Panama, an OAS member, requested Tuesday that the organization consider the Venezuela situation.

On the House floor Tuesday, Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the Middle East and North Africa subcommittee, criticized the detainment of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, who was jailed a week ago.

"We cannot stand idly by while democracy and due process are trampled on in our own hemisphere," she said, adding that the U.S. and other countries have a "moral responsibility" to support peaceful student protests.

UPDATE: Among the bill's co-sponsors as of Wednesday are eight members of the Florida congressional delegation, including Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami and Democratic Reps. Joe Garcia of Miami, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston and Frederica Wilson of Miami Gardens.



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Ed Jenkins

This citizens of this district long ago tired of being represented by this awful woman who cannot choose a name. This democrat primary voter has proudly voted against the tone deaf congress lady many times but unfortunately there were not enough to join along and throw her out of office.

People of Venezuela

The people of Venezuela,
Dear Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen

In the name of the people in Venezuela who are being tortured, killed, thrown in jail, wounded, robbed by the communist government of Nicholas Maduro we want to thank you!
The people who disagrees with the Castro Communist government of Venezuela are simply not allowed and that government does not stop until the people don't protest!
Thanks in the name of the children, elderly, young people, men and woman who have no voice right now!
Thanks for being our voice!
The people of Venezuela!

R. Berthaut

How is it that I usually read nothing but complaints in the comment section about Ros-Lehtinen, Marco Rubio, and the Balarts [pick your favorite one], yet, amazingly, you continue to vote for them and for others who are ideologically mired in the 1950's? Unless all the elections in Miami-Dade are rigged, then it's possible for you to dump them. Stop complaining impotently and invest your time, effort, and (most importantly) your money at unseating these guys. Problem solved!

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