Florida Delegation Backs Sanctions on the Ortega Regime in Nicaragua
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Marco Rubio
Last week, members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill called for tougher sanctions against the Ortega regime in Nicaragua and were happy when the White House complied.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., brought out a resolution “condemning the intimidation, violence, persecution, and murders committed against the people of Nicaragua by the Ortega regime” which has the support of three other members of the Florida delegation.
Ros-Lehtinen, the first woman to ever lead the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and currently the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, introduced the resolution on Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-NJ, as the main cosponsor.
There are seven other cosponsors including Florida Republican U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart and Florida U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, the top Democrat on the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee.
On Thursday, Ros-Lehtinen and Sires weighed in on why they had introduced the resolution.
“As so many Nicaraguans exercise their rights to free speech and assembly, the violence in Nicaragua continues unabated with almost 300 people killed at the hands of the Ortega regime,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “This bipartisan resolution further demonstrates that the U.S.