Congressman Panetta Leads Democratic Lawmakers in Calling on Administration to Denounce Acts of Political Intimidation by Salvadoran President Bukele

February 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led his colleagues in writing a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding their concerns about Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele’s recent decision to lead armed soldiers into a meeting of the country’s Legislative Assembly.

"Such blatant acts of political intimidation must be met with swift and broad rebuke," wrote the members. 

"We strongly believe that bilateral relationships with our Latin American neighbors provide critical stability in the region. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore authoritarian tendencies and tactics in pursuit of policy outcomes. We call on the administration to denounce these actions and ensure that our relationship with El Salvador is based on substantive progress towards constitutional democracy and respect for rule of law, including independence of political branches of power," the members urged.

Representatives James P. McGovern, Ilhan Omar, Raul Grijalva, Mark Pocan, Ted Lieu, Jim Costa, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, John Garamendi, Suzanne Bonamici, Gil Cisneros, David Price, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pramila Jayapal, Jan Schakowsky, Jamie Raskin, Salud Carbajal, Tom Suozzi, and Hank Johnson co-signed the letter.

The full text of the letter can be found here.