FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 8, 2017
VOC APPLAUDS CONGRESS FOR SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE MADURO REGIME IN VENEZUELA
House of Representatives passes legislation to address ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela
Today the House of Representatives passed legislation—H. Res. 259 and H.R. 2658—sending a strong message to the Maduro regime in Venezuela that the United States will address the suffering of the Venezuelan people and punish those responsible.
H. Res. 259 condemns President Maduro’s dictatorial overreach and corrosion of the Venezuelan National Assembly’s powers, calling on him to hold free and fair elections. The resolution also encourages President Trump to prioritize finding a solution to the Venezuelan crisis, and to use targeted sanctions against corrupt officials accused of undermining Venezuela’s democracy.
Congressman DeSantis, sponsor of H. Res. 259 said: “As President Trump said in his address to the UN in September, the problem with Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that it’s been faithfully implemented, and I think the results speak for themselves. Maduro and his socialist junta are dominating the country, they’re oppressing a great many people, and of course, he is aided in this effort by his patron Raul Castro and the Cuban dictatorship.”
H.R. 2658 details the shortages in vital food and medicine in Venezuela, and the effects these shortages have on the health and wellbeing of Venezuelans. Congress calls on Maduro to release all political prisoners, hold free and fair elections, and let in humanitarian aid to his desperate people. Finally, H.R. 2658 requires the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress detailing the cooperation by the governments of China, Cuba, Iran, and Russia with the Venezuelan regime.
Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), sponsor of H.R. 2658 and a member of the Victims of Communism Caucus, said: “The Venezuelan people are suffering. They are suffering because the Maduro regime, supported by the dictatorship in Cuba, is pursuing policies that lead to starvation and economic breakdown, and then shoots them when they desperately protest in the street. Venezuelans still have a long way to go until democracy and economic well-being are restored in their country, and this bill will help them along that road.”
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement: “It is high time that the United States of America show the world that the principles of the Monroe Doctrine are still in effect. Our nation’s interests and values are both opposed to Cuba’s imperial communist project in Venezuela.”
He added: “The Maduro regime, abetted by despotic dictatorships in Havana, Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing, is waging war against its own people. These two bills demonstrate America’s resolve that human rights will not be violated by communist and socialist dictators, especially on its own doorstep in the Western Hemisphere.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
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