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S.2142: Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 4 (1 Democrat, 3 Republicans)
Introduced March 13, 2014
Latest Major Action Dec. 18, 2014
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the Senate   
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  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on December 8, 2014. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 - (Sec. 3) Expresses the sense of Congress that:

  • the United States aspires to a mutually beneficial relationship with Venezuela based on respect for human rights and the rule of law, and a productive relationship on issues of public security, including counter narcotics and counterterrorism;
  • the United States supports the efforts of the people of Venezuela to realize their economic potential and advance representative democracy;
  • the government of Venezuela's mismanagement of its economy has produced conditions of economic hardship;
  • the government's failure to guarantee public security has led Venezuela to become one of the most violent countries in the world;
  • the government continues to remove checks and balances on the...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 18, 2014 Became Public Law No: 113-278.
Dec. 18, 2014 Signed by President.
Dec. 12, 2014 Presented to President.
Dec. 10, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Dec. 10, 2014 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H9020-9021)
Dec. 10, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2142.
Dec. 10, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H9020-9023)
Dec. 10, 2014 Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
Dec. 9, 2014 Held at the desk.
Dec. 9, 2014 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Dec. 9, 2014 Received in the House.
Dec. 8, 2014 Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote. (text: CR S6396-6398)
Dec. 8, 2014 Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S6396-6398)
May 22, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 401.
May 22, 2014 Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Menendez with amendments. With written report No. 113-175.
May 20, 2014 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably.
March 13, 2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.