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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) welcomed the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations unanimous approval of a Rubio and Menendez led resolution (S.Res.44), which condemns last year’s fraudulent legislative elections by the Maduro regime. The bipartisan resolution also denounces the lack of free, fair, and transparent elections in Venezuela, as well as the continued erosion of the nation’s democracy and the rule of law. 

The resolution also highlights the continued recognition of Interim President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s leader in the absence of a democratically elected president in the nation and reiterates the lack of legitimacy of the Maduro regime’s National Constituent Assembly.

“On various occasions, the Maduro narco-regime has attempted to silence the voices of the duly-elected members of the National Assembly,” Rubio said. “Today, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is sending an important message of support to Venezuela’s only democratic institution and to Interim-President Juan Guaidó. The Biden Administration must continue to advance U.S. policy that promotes Venezuela’s path to freedom and a return to democratic order following the regime’s latest sham legislative elections.” 

“I am proud to be joined by my colleagues in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in approving this important resolution to make clear there is absolutely no legitimacy to the Maduro regime’s fraudulent and illegitimate legislative elections,” Chairman Menendez said. “The continued manipulation of electoral processes and denial of free and fair elections has further violated Venezuelans’ basic rights while the country’s future hangs in the balance. Today, we speak with one voice in our Committee rejecting Maduro’s sham elections and reaffirming our steadfast solidarity with the Venezuelan people, who have suffered for far too long.” 

“The illegitimate Maduro regime continues to undermine Venezuelan democracy and deny the people of Venezuela core political freedoms,” Cruz said. “The recent elections were a sham. I’m proud to join this bipartisan effort denouncing the regime.”

“The Maduro regime continues to scheme at ways to undermine the legitimacy of the democratically elected Venezuelan National Assembly,” Durbin said. “This resolution rightly recognizes the only way forward in Venezuela is through a legitimate, free, and fair election that meets international standards. I am pleased this resolution rejecting the most recent sham elections in Venezuela passed out of Committee unanimously and will advocate for its quick passage in the Senate.”

“We know Maduro is a ruthless dictator that is committing a genocide against his own people,” Scott said. “Venezuela’s election, coordinated by the Maduro regime, is nothing more than a sham. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues and make clear that we won’t stand for it. The United States and freedom-loving countries around the world must continue their unwavering support of interim President Juan Guaidó and denounce Maduro’s murderous regime.”

“The elections conducted in Venezuela last December were not free, fair, or transparent. Maduro’s government has committed crimes against humanity, and it does not represent the will of the Venezuelan people,” Cardin said. “We must continue to work with our international allies, including with the countries in the region who are generously hosting millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, to support the return of legitimate democracy, rule of law, and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.”

Rubio is the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues.

Menendez is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 

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RUBIO, COLEGAS APLAUDEN APROBACIÓN UNÁNIME DE RESOLUCIÓN SOBRE VENEZUELA EN EL COMITÉ DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES 

Washington, D.C. — Los senadores estadounidenses Marco Rubio (R-FL) y Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rick Scott (R-FL) y Ben Cardin (D-MD) aplaudieron la aprobación unánime de la resolución (S.Res.44), liderada por Rubio y Menendez, la cual condena las elecciones fraudulentas del año pasado convocadas por el régimen de Maduro. La resolución bipartidista también denunció la falta de elecciones libres, justas y transparentes en Venezuela, así como la continua erosión de la democracia y del estado de derecho en el país. 

La resolución también destaca el reconocimiento al Presidente Interino Juan Guaidó como líder de Venezuela en ausencia de un presidente electo democráticamente en el país y también reitera la falta de legitimidad de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente del régimen de Maduro.

“En varias ocasiones, el narco-régimen de Maduro ha intentado silenciar las voces de los miembros de la Asamblea Nacional debidamente elegidos”, Rubio dijo. “Hoy, la Comisión de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado envía un importante mensaje de apoyo a la única institución democrática de Venezuela y al presidente interino Juan Guaidó. La Administración Biden debe continuar impulsando la política estadounidense que promueve el camino de Venezuela hacia la libertad y el retorno al orden democrático luego de las últimas elecciones legislativas falsas del régimen". 

"Me enorgullece que mis colegas del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado nos acompañen para aprobar esta importante resolución para dejar en claro que no hay absolutamente ninguna legitimidad para las elecciones legislativas fraudulentas e ilegítimas del régimen de Maduro", el presidente Menéndez dijo. “Mientras que el futuro del país pende de un hilo, la continua manipulación de procesos electorales y la negación de elecciones libres y justas viola aún más los derechos básicos de los venezolanos. Hoy, hablamos con una sola voz en nuestro Comité en rechazo total de las falsas elecciones de Maduro y reafirmando nuestra solidaridad total con el pueblo venezolano, que ya ha sufrido durante demasiado tiempo".

Rubio es el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre Hemisferio Occidental, Crimen Transnacional, Seguridad Civil, Democracia, Derechos Humanos y Asuntos Globales de la Mujer.

Menéndez es el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores.

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