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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, today announced a hearing to be held next Tuesday, March 17 on the crisis in Venezuela.

The hearing, entitled “Deepening Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela: Implications for U.S. Interests and the Western Hemisphere,” will feature testimony from Obama Administration officials and non-government experts.

“The human rights and economic crisis in Venezuela is only going to get worse and will have major repercussions on America’s interests there and throughout the entire Western Hemisphere,” said Rubio. “While the financial sanctions on individual human rights violators that were announced earlier this week have put a spotlight on the disaster Nicolas Maduro and his regime have inflicted on the Venezuelan people, more must be done and more attention must be paid to this humanitarian and economic crisis that increasingly threatens regional security. This hearing will be another opportunity to continue pressuring the Obama Administration to do more to stand with the people of Venezuela and defend our values and interests.”

The full details of the hearing are as follows:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:00am ET
Rubio to Hold Hearing on the Crisis in Venezuela
Senate Dirksen Building, Room SD-419
Washington, D.C.


Panel One
Mr. Alex Lee
Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C.

Mr. John Smith
Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control
U.S. Department of Treasury
Washington D.C.

Panel Two
Mr. Douglas Farah
IBI Consultants

Mr. Santiago A. Canton
Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights