Iran’s influence in Latin America is growing at an alarming rate, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is doing all he can to build strategic, dangerous alliances in the region.  Not only has he developed close friendships with self-proclaimed communists Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, he has distributed aid packages to Bolivia and Nicaragua and has recently visited the region to tout his hatred for the United States and President Bush.  What’s more, Hezbollah, an undisputed agent of terrorism for Iran, is gaining a considerable foothold in Latin America.

That’s why I teamed up with U.S. Rep. Ron Klein (FL-22) to introduce H.Res. 435, which passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning.  Our resolution calls on the United States government to work with countries in Latin America to combat terrorism and Hezbollah’s growing influence in the region.  For our safety and security, the United States must do it all can to let our friends and neighbors in Latin America know that we stand with them in their fight for freedom.