President Maduro rules using brutality and intimidation and the United States will not turn a blind eye to the plight of the Venezuelan people. Venezuela must hold democratic elections, free of manipulation by the Maduro regime, and open her doors to allow humanitarian assistance to assist those suffering under her socialist government.

Congressman DeSantis authored H.Res. 259 urging the Government of Venezuela to heed the calls of the international community to hold free and fair elections, to release political prisoners, to uphold the constitutional National Assembly, and to open a channel for humanitarian assistance.

The House approved H.Res. 259 in December 2017 with a bipartisan vote of 419-8.