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VIDEO: Rubio Comments After Foreign Relations Committee Passage Of Venezuela Sanctions (English & Español)

May 20, 2014 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statements today regarding the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s passage of S. 2141, the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, which is sponsored by Rubio and Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

The English and Spanish statements are available on YouTube. For television stations interested in airing a broadcast quality version of these statements, the videos are both available here.

Rubio Comments After Foreign Relations Committee Passes Venezuela Sanctions

“Today we took an important step forward to punish human rights abusers in Nicolás Maduro’s regime. The Venezuelan people have suffered enough under the incompetence of Hugo Chávez and now Nicolás Maduro.

“And now that thousands of innocent Venezuelans have protested courageously and peacefully, against the failure that is this chavista government, we can’t allow the government’s repression, violence and murders to go unpunished.

“We have to severely punish the Maduro regime, and today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took a key step toward approving these sanctions. And I hope the full Senate will soon do the same.”

Declaraciones De Rubio Sobre La Aprobación De Sanciones Contra Oficiales Venezolanos

“Hoy tomamos un paso adelante para castigar a individuos afiliados al régimen de Maduro envueltos en violaciones de derechos humanos en Venezuela. El pueblo venezolano ha sufrido mucho bajo la incompetencia de Hugo Chávez y ahora Nicolás Maduro.

“Y ahora que miles de venezolanos se han manifestado pacíficamente para exigir una salida al fracaso que es el gobierno chavista, no podemos permitir que la represión, la violencia y los asesinatos que el gobierno ha usado se permita.

“Los tenemos que castigar duramente, y hoy el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado tomó un paso hacia adelante al aprobar estas sanciones – y espero que pronto se apruebe en el Senado entero”.