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Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s issues, issued the following statement today regarding the Maduro regime’s recent efforts in Venezuela to undermine the results of last month’s legislative elections:
 
“There’s mounting evidence that the Maduro regime in Venezuela has no intention of accepting the results of last month’s legislative elections. By first manipulating the judicial system to block some parliamentarians from being sworn in and then intimidating others by blocking their entry into the National Assembly‎, Maduro’s puppets seem intent on sabotaging the will of the Venezuelan people.
 
“The Maduro regime must stop threatening and intimidating the duly elected representatives of the Venezuelan people. The Obama Administration and other democratically elected governments of the Western Hemisphere have a duty to not only speak out against this flagrant subversion of democracy but also to take action to ensure that this democratic opportunity in Venezuela does not slip away right before our eyes. This should include applying sanctions on individuals planning, ordering or carrying out these efforts that violate human rights by further suffocating democracy in Venezuela.”