Members Walk Out on Odebrecht CEO
At this morning’s ceremony for the opening of Miami International Airport’s new Metrorail station, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and U.S. Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) walked out when Odebrecht USA’s President and CEO Gilberto Neves got up to speak.
The walk-out was in protest of Odebrecht’s unwillingness to break ties with the brutal Castro dictatorship, where it has partnered with the Cuban military in a commercial venture to expand the Port of Mariel.
As the people of Florida have clearly expressed through their elected representatives, U.S. taxpayer money should not be flowing to companies that conduct business with the brutal dictatorships of Cuba, Iran, Syria and Sudan.
Odebrecht’s partnership with the Castro regime was revealed last summer.
Kudos to these Members of Congress for standing clearly on the side of principle and of their constituents will.
Statement from Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 28, 2012
Diaz-Balart Will Not Sit Idly Listening to the Representative of the Company that Profits from Castro’s Blood Money
WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after walking out on the opening of Miami International Airport’s new Metrorail station:
“American aid worker Alan Gross is being held hostage, numerous pro-democracy activists have been murdered, and it is just days after the violent death of Oswaldo Payá. I will not sit idly listening to the representative of the company that profits from Castro’s blood money.”