Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement on the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s takeover of the National Assembly:

"I join the Organization of American States in strongly denouncing the illicit takeover of the democratically elected National Assembly. President Nicolás Maduro’s blatant disregard for internationally recognized principles of democracy and human rights can no longer go ignored. To the people of Venezuela who are suffering at the hands of this failed socialist state, know that the United States hears your pleas for freedom.”