Two US lawmakers from Florida visit Venezuelan border

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

United States (US) Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Shalala made the visit last weekend. The Democrats’ districts have some of the largest populations of Venezuelans and Colombians in the US.

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

She said she wants the Venezuelan people to know US 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.