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H.RES.488: Supporting the people of Venezuela as they protest peacefully for democracy, a reduction in violent crime and calling for an end to recent violence.

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 34 (12 Democrats, 22 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 25, 2014
Latest Major Action March 4, 2014
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Bill Summary

Supports the people of Venezuela in their pursuit of freedom of expression and assembly to promote democratic principles in Venezuela.

Deplores the violence and political intimidation perpetrated against opposition leaders and protesters in Venezuela and the growing use of politically motivated criminal charges to intimidate the political opposition.

Urges the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and to encourage dialogue between the government and the political opposition.

Urges the Department of State to work with other countries in the Americas to ensure that fundamental freedoms in Venezuela are in accordance with the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and to strengthen the ability of the Organization of American States (OAS) to respond to the erosion of democratic norms and institutions in Venezuela.

Urges the OAS and its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to seek the most effective way to end the vi...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 4, 2014

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 393 - 1 (Roll no. 92). (text: CR H2106)

March 4, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H2142)
March 4, 2014 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
March 4, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 488.
March 4, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2106-2109)
March 4, 2014 Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.
Feb. 28, 2014 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Unanimous Consent .
Feb. 28, 2014 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Feb. 27, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Feb. 25, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.