Washington, DC – U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statements today after the passage of H. Res. 851 which expresses profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urges the release of political prisoners, and calls for respect of constitutional and democratic processes:

“I am honored to stand alongside my South Florida colleague Debbie Wasserman Schultz in order to pass another bipartisan Venezuela resolution in the House of Representatives to condemn the misguided policies of Maduro’s corrupt regime while advocating for the release of all political prisoners, including U.S. citizens, and for the respect of democratic principles. We must not let Maduro continue to stall the democratic processes in Venezuela for his own political gain.  The humanitarian, economic, and political situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate quickly and the international community needs to re-focus its efforts to help the Venezuelan people who are yearning for freedom and for convening recall elections in 2016,” said. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27).

“This resolution states in no uncertain terms that President Maduro’s shameful and rampant corruption in Venezuela must end. He has jailed political opponents, mismanaged the economy, and continued to refuse millions of Venezuelans calls for a referendum. Families all across Venezuela are starving, and their local stores’ shelves are empty of both food and life-saving medicine. The Venezuelan people are crying out for their voices to be heard and their rights respected, and we must ensure they are not crying out in vain. I thank my South Florida friend and colleague, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, as well as the bipartisan Members who supported the bill, for their leadership on this important legislation,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).