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Subcommittee Passes Bipartisan Legislation on Venezuela and Nicaragua

Sep 15, 2016
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere passed H.Res. 851, Expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social, and humanitarian crises in Venezuela, as amended, and H.R. 5708, the Nicaragua Investment Conditionality Act of 2016, as amended. Both pieces of legislation acknowledge the deterioration of democracy, rule of law, and human rights in Venezuela and Nicaragua and achieved wide bipartisan support, passing unanimously by the Subcommittee.

Ranking Member Sires - Throughout my time in Congress, I have voiced my profound concern about the decline of democracy and civil liberties in Venezuela. The undemocratic policies and corruption of the Maduro government in Venezuela have laid waste to the political and economic institutions of that resource-rich nation. Meanwhile, in Nicaragua, Ortega has positioned himself to be President for Life, this is a situation that flies in the face of American values and one I find unacceptable and I thank Chairman Duncan and Representatives Wasserman Schultz and Ros-Lehtinen for their leadership on these key issues.

Chairman DuncanWe are all familiar with the horrific economic, political, and human rights crisis in Venezuela and the ongoing deterioration of democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. Given the need for the governments of both countries to respect the people’s wishes in holding a recall referendum in Venezuela before the end of this year and in supporting democracy and the rule of law in the November 6th election in Nicaragua, I believe it is imperative that the United States stand with the people to support democracy, free and fair elections, and human rights in both countries. I applaud the efforts of Representatives Wasserman Schultz and Ros-Lehtinen with these pieces of legislation and deeply appreciate the excellent partnership with Ranking Member Sires to achieve bipartisan support in urging the Obama Administration to do more to support U.S. interests and the people in each country.