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Congressman Sires’ Bipartisan Nicaragua Resolution Passes the House of Representatives

Mar 10, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Chairman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Francis Rooney (R-FL) of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade  released the following statement after their bipartisan resolution, H.Res.754, supporting human rights and democracy in Nicaragua, passed the House of Representatives by voice vote:

“In passing this resolution, the U.S. House of Representatives sent a strong, bipartisan message that we stand with the Nicaraguan people, who are seeking a brighter future for their country,” said Congressman Sires. “This resolution condemns Daniel Ortega’s system of repression and expresses solidarity with those who have been persecuted by his regime. It makes clear that until the Ortega Government releases all political prisoners and implements electoral reforms that would allow for truly free, fair, and fully transparent elections, the U.S. Government should work with its allies to further increase the financial and political pressure on Ortega and his inner circle.”

 “I commend the passage of this bipartisan resolution that reinforces the strong commitment of the U.S. Congress to the people of Nicaragua and their struggle for freedom,” said Congressman Rooney. “This resolution recognizes the significant actions taken by the United States to promote democracy and hold the criminal Ortega regime accountable for its oppression and corruption of one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. I strongly urge the Ortega regime to establish respect for human rights and allow for free and fair elections, or continue to face international pressure and sanction from the United States.”