Diaz-Balart Farewell Remarks

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) thanked his colleagues tonight on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for the honor of having been able to serve with them in the U.S. Congress.

Here's the text of his address:

I will leave Congress at the end of this session with a sense of duty fulfilled, having given my all to the people of the 21st District of Florida, who have honored me by electing me and reelecting me to 9 terms in Congress.

I feel deep satisfaction, not only in the achievements of my term of service, such as the codification into law of the U.S. embargo on the Cuban tyranny, requiring the liberation of all political prisoners, without exceptions, and the scheduling of free and fair, multiparty elections in Cuba, before the President of the United States can lift U.S. sanctions, or the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central America Relief Act, which granted legal residency in the U.S. to hundreds of thousands of our Central American brothers and sisters who were previously facing possible deportation.

My most profound satisfaction comes from having given my all, each and every day, to my constituents.

As a private citizen, I will work to help the freedom fighters inside Cuba, who are resisting the brutality of the Castro tyranny with ultimate courage and patriotism; they are my heroes. As Cuban political prisoner Angel Moya wrote from his dungeon in the Castro-Cuban gulag a few days ago: "My spirit is the same, it is full of joy because I am in prison for fighting for the dignity and rights of the Cuban people. I am ready to continue resisting, physically, morally and spiritually."

Mr. Speaker, and I will continue to do all in my power to help in the struggle for Cuba's freedom.

This country, the United States of America, is a miracle, a miracle of generosity of spirit, a miracle of freedom, human dignity, and opportunity. May God forever preserve and protect this great land and people.

For the rest of my days I will feel deeply honored to have been a Member of the Congress of the United States.

To all of my colleagues, those who have helped me, and those who have opposed me, thank you. Thank you for the honor of having been able to serve with you.