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Sires and Ros-Lehtinen Bill to Support Nicaraguan Human Rights Secures Passage in House Foreign Affairs Committee

Jul 27, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs made the following statement today after H.R. 1918, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017, was unanimously passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by voice vote.

“Already enjoying tremendous bipartisan support, the NICA Act is an important and necessary bill that would assist the Nicaraguan people in their fight for human rights, the rule of law, and a free, fair, and transparent electoral system. Congress has implemented similar conditions in order to support the people of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, and the United States must do the same for the Nicaraguan people as they continue to seek freedom and democracy. We applaud the Foreign Affairs Committee for its passage of the NICA Act and look forward to its consideration on the House Floor as we work to ensure this bill becomes law.”