WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Carlos Gimenez, along with Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-26) and Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27), introduced a House Resolution recognizing María Corina Machado as the legitimate presidential opposition candidate against Communist Dictator Nicholas Maduro in the upcoming presidential elections.
Senators Rick Scott (FL) and Marco Rubio (FL) introduced a companion Senate Resolution
“The murderous Maduro regime is threatening, intimidating, and silencing opposition candidate María Corina Machado,” said Rep. Carlos Giménez. “This blatant attack on democracy shows the regime’s desperation in the face of impending defeat. The Venezuelan people are determined to free themselves from communism with María Corina and the United States must stand with the freedom-loving people of Venezuela.”
“I am proud to introduce a resolution that strongly supports María Corina Machado as Venezuela’s legitimate presidential opposition candidate and condemns the Maduro regime’s attempts to exclude any legitimate opposition from political participation,” said Rep. Diaz-Balart. “The Venezuelan people, both in Venezuela and abroad, overwhelmingly endorsed María Corina Machado as the leading Venezuelan opposition candidate. I strongly opposed the Biden Administration’s decision to relax sanctions on the Maduro dictatorship, while establishing an arbitrary November 30, 2023 deadline, which was done purportedly to encourage free and fair elections in Venezuela. That deadline has passed, and the administration has failed to reimpose tough sanctions. The U.S. must stand unequivocally with the Venezuelan people in their brave struggle for freedom, human rights, and democratic government”
“The Venezuelan opposition overwhelmingly chose María Corina Machado to lead the fight against the Maduro regime in the upcoming elections,” said Rep. María Elvira Salazar. “The United States must offer its full support for her and her campaign as millions of Venezuelans around the world rally around her struggle against the dictatorship.”
Originally published at https://gimenez.house.gov/2023/12/english-spanish-reps-gimenez-diaz-balart-salazar-introduce-resolution-recognizing-maria-corina-machado-as-the-legitimate-presidential-opposition-candidate-in-venezuela