Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Rep. Yoho Joins Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Venezuelan Border

May 1, 2019
Press Release
Trip focused on humanitarian aid and refugees affected by the brutal Maduro Regime

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee returned from a congressional delegation trip to examine the effectiveness of United States humanitarian aid sent to Colombia and Curaçao.

While on the trip, the congressman, along with representatives Jennifer Gonzalez (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Albo Sires (D-NJ), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Norma Torres (D-CA), spoke with Venezuelan refugees fleeing the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:

“This last weekend, I traveled with a bipartisan delegation to meet with Columbian President Ivan Duque and Curaçao Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath. While we discussed important issues between our countries, we focused on regional trade and the failed state of Venezuela.  

“Once one of the wealthiest countries in South America, Venezuela is now the poorest, most unstable nation in the Western Hemisphere. The Maduro regime has destroyed much of that country, placed the majority of its citizen in abject poverty, and has caused a humanitarian crisis that has displaced millions.  

“The tragedy in Venezuela has far-reaching implications for both Colombia and Curacao, and regional stability.  I was able to see firsthand how United State humanitarian aid is being used to address the waves of Venezuelans fleeing the brutal Maduro regime. This is a crisis that didn’t have to happen and if not remedied soon, could destabilize the region and have an impact on America’s national security.

“After hearing testimonials from refugees, I continue to stand with the people of Venezuela and National Assembly Leader Juan Guaido. The people of that country have suffered long enough. Venezuelans deserve the liberty and freedom they desperately crave and to throw off the yoke of dictatorship.”