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U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Shalala from Florida visit Venezuelan border

Venezuela-Colombia Aid Protest on March 8, 2019.
Posted at 7:35 AM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 07:38:32-04

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida congresswomen met with the president of Colombia and saw where blockades were preventing humanitarian aid from getting to Venezuela during a visit to the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

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U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Shalala made the visit this past weekend. The Democrats' districts have some of the largest populations of Venezuelans and Colombians in the United States.

Wasserman Schultz said in a statement Sunday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is starving his countrymen.

She said she wants the Venezuelan people to know United States lawmakers of both parties are standing behind opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Shalala said that while at the border in Colombia she heard heartbreaking stories about Venezuelans dying of starvation and treatable diseases.