Top lawmakers in Congress push tough new measures against Venezuela

Top lawmakers in Congress push tough new measures against Venezuela


By:  Franco Ordonez
Miami Herald

Lawmakers will unveil a $58 million plan Monday that would force the Trump administration to push harder to isolate the Venezuelan government and restore democracy.

“As millions flee repression, hunger and destitution at home, Nicolás Maduro’s criminal regime has turned Venezuela into a failed state with implications across the region,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. “With Venezuela’s humanitarian catastrophe growing daily, Maduro betrays his citizens’ most urgent needs, while his inner circle plunders state coffers and profits from drug trafficking.”

 

Spearheaded by Menendez, the senior Democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and working with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl., who has worked closely with the Trump administration on Latin American policy, the Venezuela proposal includes $40 million for humanitarian assistance to be distributed between State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, $500,000 for international election observers and $3 million to help allies craft legislation and adopt their own financial penalties and visa restrictions against the Venezuelan government.

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