Sending Office: Honorable Donna E. Shalala
This past week, millions of Venezuelans took to the streets in Caracas and around the world to protest the authoritarian regime of Nicolas Maduro, while demanding a return to democracy, respect for human rights, and access to basic necessities, like food and
medicine. Tragically, dozens of protesters paid the ultimate price, killed at the hands of Maduro’s special forces for peacefully calling for a democratic Venezuela.
For that reason, we are urging you to cosponsor H.R.920, the Venezuela Arms Restriction Act.
This bipartisan bill restricts the export of defense articles and materials to the illegitimate regime in Venezuela. These tools are used by the Maduro regime to oppress the Venezuelan people, often with lethal consequences.
Under the Maduro authoritarian regime’s gross mismanagement, Venezuela’s once thriving economy has collapsed and its people are sicker, poorer, and less free. Since coming to power in 2013 after the death of leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro has undermined Venezuela’s
democratic institutions. In May 2018, he held a sham election that has been widely acknowledged as illegitimate. Currently, the National Assembly of Venezuela is the only remaining legitimate democratic institution within the country.
Last week, Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, became interim President of the country pursuant to Venezuela’s constitution, and the White House quickly recognized him as Venezuela’s de facto president. An overwhelming majority of countries
in the Americas and many key EU allies followed suit.
While Guaidó has ample international support, Maduro continues to control aspects of Venezuela’s corrupt security forces, which are aided by implanted foreign intelligence operatives of the Cuban regime.
Please join us in ensuring that weapons that could be used to further oppress and brutalize the Venezuelan people are not sent from the United States. We must send a clear message that the United States stands with the Venezuelan people in realizing their democratic
If you would like to cosponsor or have questions, please contact Ben Talus in Rep. Donna Shalala’s office (Ben.Talus@mail.house.gov) or Gisselle Reynolds in Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s office (Gisselle.Reynolds@mail.house.gov).
Donna Shalala Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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