Telemundo, MSNBC Anchor José Díaz-Balart Praised on House Floor

By Brian Flood 

JoseDiazBalartTelemundo and MSNBC anchor José Díaz-Balart is having a big week. Yesterday, he interviewed President Obama and today, on the House floor, he was congratulated for his 30 years in journalism.

“José has proven to be a valuable voice to the Hispanic American community,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who represents South Florida.. We’re guessing José’s his brother, Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, who represents another Florida Congressional district, gave his congratulations in person.

“There are hundreds of journalists in Cuba and around the world who are being persecuted and imprisoned for showcasing the realities within their own countries. José speaks for them,” Ros-Lehtinen added. The Díaz-Balart family has strong ties to South Florida’s Cuban community. In fact, Díaz-Balart’s aunt was Fidel Castro‘s first wife.

“I congratulate José for 30 years within the industry and thank him for his commitment to the principles of independent journalism and freedom of the press,” Ros-Lehtinen added.  WATCH: