Following Eruption of Fuego Volcano, Torres, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Victims

June 14, 2018
Press Release

The resolution expresses solidarity with the people of Guatemala and sympathy for the victims and their families, calls for continued assistance for relief and reconstruction efforts


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing solidarity and support for the people of Guatemala after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano earlier this month. The resolution also recognizes the efforts of first responders and citizen volunteers, and the donations made by U.S. citizens, companies, and charities to relief and reconstruction efforts. Additionally, it urges the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other relevant U.S. agencies to continue to provide relief and reconstruction assistance.


“In the wake of the devastation left by the Fuego Volcano, it is critical that the people of Guatemala know that we stand with them in their efforts to rebuild and recover from this tragedy,” said Torres. “I am moved by the many Guatemalans and Americans who have generously given their time and resources to the recovery effort, but we must do more. This is a time that calls for solidarity, unity, and, most of all, action.”


“I want to express my sincere condolences to those in Guatemala who lost loved ones in the deadly volcanic eruption,” said Smith. “I applaud the heroic effort of first responders and volunteers rescuing their fellow citizens in danger. The United States stands by the people of Guatemala and their government.”  


Torres, who was born in Guatemala, is a member of the Rules Committee and the founder and co-chair of the Central America Caucus.


Smith is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs human rights subcommittee, and a member of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee.