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RELEASE: Rep. Ro Khanna Joins Progressives in Calling for Diplomacy Over Sanctions in Venezuela

July 31, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – As the U.S. Treasury Department authorized sanctions against the Maduro government in Venezuela today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) joins with other progressive members in Congress in calling for a diplomatic solution to solve the political and economic crisis the country.

On Friday, Rep. Khanna was among the nine members of Congress who sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that called for a diplomatic and political resolution mediated by a trusted third party such as Pope Francis, not more U.S.-led sanctions that could further hurt the people of Venezuela and lead to a civil war.

Read the letter here.

The signatories of letter—which included Reps. John Conyers Jr. (MI-13), Mark Pocan (WI-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), James P. McGovern (MA-2), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Hank Johnson (GA-4), and Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)—are strongly against oil sanctions or an import ban. They wrote:

“The U.S. has a clear interest in supporting efforts to deescalate Venezuela’s crisis and help the government and opposition reach a political compromise that allows for elections and a restoration of the stability and rule of law.”

The letter also notes that unilateral sanctions in effect since 2015 have done nothing for the country’s political situation and have instead been exploited by the Venezuelan government. The letter additionally shares that 63 percent of Venezuelans oppose U.S. economic sanctions on oil exports.

“The sanctions authorized by the Treasury Department today will do nothing to help the people and economy of Venezuela,” said Rep. Khanna. “Rather, they will stoke the fire of an illegitimate government even further and put the country on the path to more uncertainty.”

About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.


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