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First Term U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse (Colorado, 2nd District) Joins Those In the House of Representatives Opposing U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela.

March 25, 2019

Recently U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Colorado) told representatives of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in Boulder Colorado that he will sign-on and become a co-sponsor of House Resolution 1004, this according to Peace Center organizer Carolyn Bninski.

Neguse is the first Eritrean-American elected to the United States Congress and Colorado’s first congressman of African descent. Over the past 40 years, the population of immigrants from the Horn of Africa living in Colorado has grown dramatically from a few hundred to possibly more than 40,000  all tolled. It includes Ethiopians, Eritreans and Somalis in the main. There is a strong concentration of them living east of Denver, in Aurora. Significant Somali communities live in Denver and Ft. Morgan.

According to Congress.Gov website “this bill prohibits funds made available to federal departments or agencies from being used to introduce the Armed Forces of the United States into hostilities with Venezuela, except pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) a specific statutory authorization that meets the requirements of the War Powers Resolution and is enacted after the enactment of this bill, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States or the Armed Forces.

The bill currently has 56 co-sponsors, of them 54 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Should he actually make good on his promise to co-sponsor Neguse would joins Diana DeGette, (D-Colorado) of Denver, one of the bill’s original co-sponsors.

The Trump Administration’s callous and open attempts to overthrow the Nicolás Maduro government of Venezuela follows a well-worn pattern combining punishing economic sanctions, the vilification of the leadership, the use of middle and upper class provocateurs, and outright lies.

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