Venezuela sanctions bill passes in the US Senate

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I am gratified that the US acknowledged the fact that something needed to be done. I have mixed emotions about sanctions, knowing how long the people of Venezuela have been suffering. Time will tell. But, we must speak truth to power. Namaste.

Caracas Chronicles

bob and marco Sens. Marco Rubio (left, R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

The Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 has passed the US Senate. The bill includes provisions for targeted sanctions against individuals linked to the Venezuelan government found to have violated human rights. These include asset freezes, visa revocations, and other penalties. It also urges the Secretary of State to support civil society in Venezuela.

The text of the bill is here: S. 2142. The press release from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is here.The White House has expressed support for the bill.

This was the bill that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had placed a hold on. Sen. Landrieu was defeated last Saturday in her bid for reelection.

The highlight from Sen. Menendez’s press release:

“We must always stand against human rights violations, political persecution and recrimination anywhere in…

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