WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Venezuela Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act, House Bill H.R. 4587, comes to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to be debated on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
“I’m pleased that my bill seeking to hold human rights abusers in the Maduro regime accountable will be debated on the House Floor next week," said U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who sponsored the bill and sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the bill out of committee on May 12.
"Bringing this important bipartisan bill to the floor sends a clear message that we take the flagrant abuses committed by these thugs seriously and support the Venezuelan people’s right to exercise freedom of speech and assembly," said Ros-Lehtinen. "As thousands of Venezuelans continue risking their lives calling for democratic change, I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill to punish those responsible for the atrocities committed by Maduro’s regime and his cronies.”
In addition to Ros-Lehtinen, cosponsors of H.R. 4587 - the Venezuela Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act, include Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Corrine Brown (D-FL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Alan Grayson (D-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Christopher Smith (R-FL), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Ted Poe (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), and Sean Duffy (R-WI).
H.R. 4587 would impose sanctions against Venezuela and authorize appropriations to support civil society in that country. The bill’s provisions would expire two years after enactment.
The bill would authorize the appropriation of $5 million in 2015 to promote civil society in Venezuela. In recent years, the administration has spent roughly that amount each year for similar activities in Venezuela.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 4587 would cost $7 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the specified and estimated amounts. According to the CBO, provisions of H.R. 4587 would increase administrative costs of the Departments of State and the Treasury. Based on information from the Administration, CBO estimates the departments would require additional appropriations of $1 million a year in 2015 and 2016. You may also wish to read
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