Salazar, Balart, and Gimenez Request Biden Reject Visa Application of Cuban Official

Salazar, Balart, and Gimenez Request Biden Reject Visa Application of Cuban Official

Mateo Guillamont
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June 17, 2024
US Representatives Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) are demanding the Biden administration refuse the Visa application of a Cuban official. Rosabel Roca Sampedro, a former Cuban prosecutor, is reportedly attempting to enter the US by seeking asylum. Sampedro is infamously known for requesting prison sentences for protestors participating in […]
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Balart Presents Millions in Federal Funds to Doral Mayor in Wake of Pro-Palestine Controversy

Balart Presents Millions in Federal Funds to Doral Mayor in Wake of Pro-Palestine Controversy

Mateo Guillamont
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May 31, 2024
US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) presented City of Doral Mayor Christi Fraga with $2 million in federal funding for her city’s police. The funds will be used for the Doral Police Department's Communication and Police Radio Modernization Technology Project. Representative Balart managed to secure the funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2024, […]
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Diaz-Balart Says White House 'Pressured' Democrats to Vote Against Israel Support Bill

Diaz-Balart Says White House 'Pressured' Democrats to Vote Against Israel Support Bill

Jackson Bakich
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May 21, 2024
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Israel Security Assistance Support Act,  a bill designed to ensure that federal funds may not be used to “withhold, halt, reverse, or cancel the delivery of defense articles or defense services to Israel. This move comes after President Biden (D) decided to refrain from sending offensive weaponry […]
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Donalds, Florida Colleagues Demand Biden Admin Protect Big Cypress National Preserve

Donalds, Florida Colleagues Demand Biden Admin Protect Big Cypress National Preserve

Jackson Bakich
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April 15, 2024
In a rare show of bipartisanship, 18 Members of Congress from Florida – led by Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) – have sent a letter to Secretary Deb Haaland (Department of the Interior) of the Biden administration to demand the protection of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Rep. Donalds claims that any “wilderness designation” of the […]
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Ex-Ambassador Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Spying on the US

Ex-Ambassador Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Spying on the US

Mateo Guillamont
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April 15, 2024
Former US Ambassador to Bolivia Victor Manuel Rocha pleaded guilty late last week to covertly working for Cuban intelligence services for decades while also serving in the US’ foreign service. Ex-Ambassador Rocha’s guilty plea earned him 15 years behind bars. Rocha had served on the US State Department’s National Security Council from 1994 to 1995 […]
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Salazar Secures $3 Million in Federal Aid for Miami-Dade College

Salazar Secures $3 Million in Federal Aid for Miami-Dade College

Mateo Guillamont
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April 6, 2024
US Representative Maria Elvira-Salazar (R-FL) recently unveiled $3 million in federal funding she secured for Miami-Dade College.  Representative Salazar presented the aid during a job fair she hosted at  Miami Dade College’s Padrón Campus in Little Havana.  The money will fund Miami-Dade College’s (MDC) renovation efforts seeking to turn their newly acquired Dyer Federal Courthouse […]
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Diaz-Balart Highlights Pro-Democracy Measures in Recently Passed Appropriations Bill

Diaz-Balart Highlights Pro-Democracy Measures in Recently Passed Appropriations Bill

Mateo Guillamont
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April 1, 2024
US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) recently emphasized pro-democracy measures included in Congress’ latest appropriations package.  Primarily focusing on supporting Democracy in the Western Hemisphere, the bill includes measures aimed at specific countries suffering, or at risk of, from authoritarian regimes.  Globally, it prohibits non-governmental organizations facilitating and encouraging irresponsible and illegal migration in the Hemisphere […]
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Florida Legislators Demand New Sanctions Package Against Cuba

Florida Legislators Demand New Sanctions Package Against Cuba

Mateo Guillamont
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March 20, 2024
Florida legislators are urging colleagues support the passage of the Denying Earnings to the Military Oligarchy in Cuba and Restricting Activities of the Cuban Intelligence Apparatus (DEMOCRACIA) Act. The DEMOCRACIA Act, originally introduced by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), would levy sanctions on nefarious Cuban actors and provide access to uncensored internet on the island. The […]
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Florida Lawmakers Salazar, Diaz-Balart, Gimenez Rally Behind Pro-Freedom Cuba Protestors

Florida Lawmakers Salazar, Diaz-Balart, Gimenez Rally Behind Pro-Freedom Cuba Protestors

Mateo Guillamont
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March 18, 2024
South Florida Lawmakers voiced their support for Cuban pro-freedom demonstrations as scores of Cuban citizens took to the streets on Sunday to protest governmental human rights abuses.  Thousands of Cubans publicly expressed their disdain for the present communist regime’s repression of fundamental freedoms as well as the dire economic crisis ravaging the island.  The protests […]
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Salazar, Gimenez, and Balart Host Conference Asking Biden Retain Cuba's State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation

Salazar, Gimenez, and Balart Host Conference Asking Biden Retain Cuba's State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation

Mateo Guillamont
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March 9, 2024
US Representatives Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), and Carlos Giménez (R-FL) held a press conference to claim Cuba must remain on the US State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list.  The press conference comes at the heels of a recent trip to Cuba by some Democrat lawmakers.  Last week, representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) […]
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Balart Secures Major Funding for South Florida Projects in New Appropriations Bill

Balart Secures Major Funding for South Florida Projects in New Appropriations Bill

Mateo Guillamont
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March 7, 2024
US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) commended the House of Representatives’ recent passage of an appropriations bill that averted a government shutdown.  The bill passed 339-85, with most “no” votes coming from Republicans (83). Representative Balart lauded the legislation’s spending cuts.  “This legislation marks a departure from partisan, wasteful spending habits that have plagued our appropriations […]
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Florida Legislators Commend Passage of House Anti-Hamas Resolution

Florida Legislators Commend Passage of House Anti-Hamas Resolution

Mateo Guillamont
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February 20, 2024
Florida lawmakers are celebrating the passage of a bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas’ use of sexual violence in its war against Israel.  Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) introduced the resolution condemning Hamas' horrific practices last January.  Since then, the resolution gained 200 total co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.  “The U.S. Congress […]
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House Republicans Showcase Division on Israel Funding Bill, Measure Fails

House Republicans Showcase Division on Israel Funding Bill, Measure Fails

Jackson Bakich
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February 7, 2024
The House of Representatives' stand-alone Israel funding bill demonstrated that not all Republicans are standing firmly united with the U.S. ally. House Republicans have historically voted in unison on behalf of the Jewish state, but a group of 14 Republicans broke off from the party. The rationale for voting against the bill is that it […]
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Diaz-Balart Scolds Macron's 'Carelessness' With Taiwan

Diaz-Balart Scolds Macron's 'Carelessness' With Taiwan

Daniel Molina
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April 24, 2023
Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) is scolding Macron’s "carelessness" with Taiwan.
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U.S. Lawmakers Warn of the Growing Bond Between China, Venezuela, and the Cuban regime

U.S. Lawmakers Warn of the Growing Bond Between China, Venezuela, and the Cuban regime

Javier Manjarres
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August 9, 2021
After the U.S. imposed more sanctions on elements within the Communist Cuban regime, the Chinese government came out in full support of their ally in the Western Hemisphere, calling for the Biden administration to end the long-standing and decades-long sanctions put in place by past American administrations. "China firmly opposes any move to arbitrarily impose […]
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Conservative Climate Caucus Brings Common Sense Solutions

Conservative Climate Caucus Brings Common Sense Solutions

Opinion
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July 13, 2021
As a political conservative, I applaud U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Gimenez and Maria Elvira Salazar for joining the new Conservative Climate Caucus in Congress. Florida might just be ahead of the curve, but conservatives here have always been strong stewards of the natural world.  In our community, we know that we all have to […]
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Salazar Calls Communist Cuban Regime a 'Satanic Nightmare'

Salazar Calls Communist Cuban Regime a 'Satanic Nightmare'

Javier Manjarres
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July 13, 2021
As Cubans on the Communist island of Cuba took to the streets to protest decades of oppression, so too did the Cuban-American exile community in Miami, and around Florida, to show solidarity with the Cuban people, and to denounce the "satanic nightmare" that is Cthe regime in Cuba.
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