Senator Bill Cassidy trying to get a Louisiana prisoner out of Venezuela

Published: Feb. 25, 2019 at 7:07 PM CST
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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy gave an update on Washington Monday morning, talking about issues from the Duplication of Benefits Resolution to U.S. citizens held in Venezuela.

On the topic of the Duplication of Benefits Resolution, Senator Cassidy says there's a delay in Washington, D.C. getting it signed into law. The resolution would allow residents affected by the 2016 floods to get a Restore Louisiana grant even if they already took out a Small Business Administration loan.

Cassidy says his office has been working on this legislation for two years now. "And we got it to the point that, despite a lot of resistance from the administration, that we're able to get a Duplication of Benefits Resolution that the President approved of," says Cassidy.

The senator says these families devastated during the 2016 floods in Louisiana need help. "A further delay that keeps families from as much as possible being able to put their lives back together," says Cassidy.

On the topic of a Louisiana man imprisoned in Venezuela, Cassidy says he's been working with Tomeu Vadell's family trying to bring him home. In a tweet Tuesday, Cassidy says, "my office has been in contact with the attorneys involved, the State Department, Venezuelan officials, Citgo, and others who could help."

Vadell is a Citgo Executive from Lake Charles, Louisiana, "who was enticed to go down to Venezuela, immediately imprisoned to make him the "fall guy" for the corruption and the theft of millions of dollars from Citgo," says Cassidy.

"We don't want war in Venezuela, we don't want the average Venezuelan to suffer more than he or she already has," says Cassidy. "But, if Tomeu is hurt, and the other Americans being kept, then there should be no such sanctuary offer. The people responsible for Tomeu being hurt should be treated like war criminals."

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