Curbelo Praises House Passage of Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance Legislation
Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) today praised House passage of the Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017 (H.R.2658).This bill mandates a strategy from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people and strengthens the current approach to Venezuela at the United Nations while also combating widespread corruption among government officials in Venezuela. Similar legislation was authored in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“Nicolas Maduro and the thugs he has put in power have devastated Venezuela’s natural resources and economy,” Curbelo said. “While the regime lines their own pockets with the profits of their tyranny, the Venezuelan people have been left to suffer major shortages of even the most basic goods and necessities. I’m proud of the overwhelming support from my colleagues for the Venezuelan people and I urge the Senate to move forward with Senator Rubio’s version of this bill quickly so we can get it to the President’s desk.”
Curbelo is a co-sponsor of The Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017 that passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 388-29.