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Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, issued the following statement regarding Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Washington today to meet with President Obama:
 
“Brazil continues to be an important trading partner of the United States, particularly in the state of Florida, which exports more merchandise to Brazil than to any other country and thousands of Brazilians now call Florida home. President Rousseff’s visit offers an opportunity for our countries to strengthen our relationship in many important areas including bilateral trade, investment, and regional security cooperation.
 
“President Obama should use this opportunity to encourage President Rousseff to use Brazil’s influence in the region to be a voice for human rights in Latin America. As the largest democracy in South America, Brazil should speak out forcefully against the ongoing repression of the Venezuelan and Cuban people by their governments.”