Washington, DC The House of Representatives today approved H.Res. 259, introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), with a bipartisan vote of 419-8. This resolution condemns the political, social, economic, and humanitarian crises in Venezuela.

“President Maduro rules using brutality and intimidation and the United States will not turn a blind eye to the plight of the Venezuelan people,” DeSantis said. “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. I applaud the House for voting to condemn the Maduro regime and standing up for democracy and human rights.”

The resolution urges 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.

DeSantis applauds the Administration’s action to sanction those responsible for the deterioration of democratic institutions and the rule of law in Venezuela and, with this resolution, Congress encourages President Donald Trump to apply additional pressure on the Maduro regime.