Soto Statement on Senate Republicans Blockage of Venezuela TPS Act

September 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked a vote for his House-passed Venezuela TPS Act:

“Each day Senate Republicans block our legislation to designate temporary protected status for Venezuelans is another day they put this vulnerable community at risk for deportation to a country wretched with an economic and humanitarian crisis,” said Congressman Soto. “The reality is that Republicans love to talk about getting tough on Venezuela, but when it comes time to put action to words, they continuously block legislation to protect Venezuelan nationals in America. Today was no different. Until political stability and food security are restored and economic recovery is underway, designating Venezuela for TPS is the best way to show our support to refugees in Florida and across the country. We thank our Democratic colleagues in the Senate for carrying out our nation’s strongly held American values of compassion and democracy by attempting to pass our legislation to protect Venezuelans in the United States.

Senate Democratic Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (NY), along with Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Menendez (N.J.), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Senator Van Hollen (MD) delivered remarks on the legislation earlier today.