Gonzalez, Gaetz Launch Bipartisan Congressional El Salvador Caucus

Gonzalez, Gaetz Launch Bipartisan Congressional El Salvador Caucus

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
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July 8, 2024

Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recently launched the Congressional El Salvador Caucus alongside Representative Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX). The Texas congressman will serve as the inaugural co-chair.

The caucus aims to “promote a better understanding of issues related to the United States’ relationship with El Salvador, [American] interests and the interests of the United States.”

Rep. Gaetz spoke fondly of El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele, who has ushered in a newfound period of safety with a 92% decrease in homicides since 2015 (per the Wall Street Journal) but has remained in a state of emergency since March of 2022.

He even attended his second inauguration in June.

“El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, has converted El Salvador from the murder capital of the world into a reliable and stable partner for peace and security for the United States of America. The El Salvador Caucus will exist to nurture and advance the U.S.-El Salvador relationship to encourage strong borders, strong culture, and the strong reforms that President Bukele has put into effect.

“Through the inspiration from El Salvador's astonishing transformation, the great American rejuvenation can become a reality as well, so that we can experience a triumphant return of safety and prosperity that we once inspired in others. I would invite my colleagues in the House and Senate to become members of the El Salvador Caucus as we strengthen the U.S.-El Salvador relationship and work to amplify some of the good decisions that are being made by President Bukele and his government. I want to thank Rep. Vicente Gonzalez for co-chairing the caucus with me,” said Rep. Gaetz.

Moreover, Rep. Gonzalez added that he is embracing work ahead in this caucus.

"I am proud to be part of this bipartisan group that will continue the important work between the U.S. and El Salvador," said Congressman Gonzalez. "I look forward to working on trade, immigration and security issues with our counterparts."

Matt Gaetz represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Vicente Gonzales represents Texas’ 34th Congressional District.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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