H.R.4587: Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
Total Cosponsors 22 (9 Democrats, 13 Republicans)
Introduced May 7, 2014
Latest Major Action July 21, 2014
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Bill Summary

Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act - (Sec. 4) Directs the Secretary of State (Secretary) to require the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) to use U.S. influence at the OAS to protect the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and strengthen efforts by international and multilateral organizations to protect human rights throughout the Western Hemisphere, especially in Venezuela.

(Sec. 5) Directs the President to impose asset blocking sanctions and the Secretary or the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to impose U.S. exclusion sanctions against any person, including a current or former official of the government of Venezuela or a person acting on behalf of such government, who has: (1) perpetrated or is responsible for directing acts of violence or human rights abuses against individuals participating in protests in Venezuela that began on February 12, 2014; (2) directed or ordered the arrest or prosecution of a perso...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 21, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
June 5, 2014 Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 410.
June 2, 2014 Received in the Senate.
May 28, 2014 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H4844-4846)
May 28, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4587.
May 28, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4844-4850)
May 28, 2014 Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
May 9, 2014 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
May 9, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
May 7, 2014 Referred to House Judiciary
May 7, 2014 Referred to House Foreign Affairs