Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Cook, Sires, Ros-Lehtinen, and Engel Introduce H.Res.1006 Urging More Action to Resolve Venezuela Crisis

Jul 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.Today, Chairman Paul Cook (CA-08) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Ranking Member Albio Sires (NJ-08) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Chairman Emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (NY-17) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced H.Res.1006 to condemn the deteriorating situation in Venezuela and the regional humanitarian crisis it has caused, affirm support for the legitimate National Assembly and Supreme Court, and urge further action in support of democracy in Venezuela.

Chairman Cook: “Nicolas Maduro and the PSUV continue their illegitimate reign over Venezuela to the detriment of the country, its people, and neighbors in the region. The humanitarian crisis is horrific, and the continued repression reprehensible. Many countries around the world have joined with the United States to support the Venezuelan people, and this resolution acknowledges those good efforts and urges countries that have so far failed to support democracy in Venezuela to join the international consensus in future action. It is critical that we stand united and unwavering in our support for the legitimate National Assembly and Supreme Court, jointly impose sanctions and visa bans for Maduro officials responsible for this crisis, and coordinate an effective humanitarian response. I also urge President Trump to increase U.S. humanitarian aid, sanctions and public diplomacy efforts to expose the Maduro regime’s corruption, and support for democratic actors in Venezuela.”

Ranking Member Sires: “Maduro is an authoritarian despot who continues to oppress, and disenfranchise the Venezuelan people in an attempt to consolidate and bolster his illegitimate regime. The Venezuelan people, who seek only to exert their democratic rights, suffer from a growing humanitarian crisis which is exacerbated by corruption, economic collapse, and a complete degradation of democracy. The United States must stand shoulder to shoulder with the Venezuelan people, who have fought long and hard to bring democratic principles and stability to Venezuela. This resolution condemns the languishing situation in Venezuela and reaffirms support for Venezuela’s legitimate National Assembly and Supreme Court. The United States must not turn its back on the plight of the Venezuelan people and hold Maduro accountable for his atrocities.”

Chairman Emeritus Ros-Lehtinen: "Every day, the situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate. Repression runs rampant, economic privation is the new normal, and the Maduro regime continues to flaunt the rule of law and instead serve only itself and its enablers. I'm proud to join this resolution alongside my colleagues, Paul, Albio, and Eliot, condemning the oppression of the Venezuelan people and calling on the administration to take more action against those who must live under the yoke of Maduro's tyrannical rule."

Ranking Member Engel: “Venezuela should be the wealthiest country in South America. Instead, its people suffer from massive food and medical shortages, the return of measles and skyrocketing violence – all the result of incredibly flawed government policies. President Maduro has turned Venezuela into a full-fledged dictatorship and rejected humanitarian aid. This resolution makes it clear that Congress continues to stand with the Venezuelan people in their enduring struggle for democracy and an economy that benefits all citizens.”

The text of the resolution can be found HERE.