U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida reported that a new funding commitment is being discussed to provide humanitarian aid to Venezuelan refugees. The proposal was made by the Republican and more than a dozen other senators, including Democrat Bob Menendez.
The actions are focused on restoring democracy in Venezuela. In addition, the package contains a series of measures and sanctions against Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.
“Included in the funding bill that will pass this week is our Truth Act: Sanctions will be lifted for those who support democracy and are not guilty of human rights violations providing millions in humanitarian aid to people in Venezuela,” the senator said.
The bill, called Venezuela’s Emergency Relief, Democracy and Development Assistance Act of 2019, or TRUTH, increases humanitarian assistance to the poverty-stricken South American nation and formally recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s president.
It also intends to accelerate reconstruction in Venezuela by targeting private assets stolen by the government and demanding that President Trump hire the International Monetary Fund to pull the country out of hyperinflation.
“The inclusion of the TRUTH Act in the commitment of appropriations reaffirms our nation’s unwavering support for interim President Juan Guaidó and the democratically elected National Assembly,” Rubio said in a news release.
The proposal seeks to collaborate in the resolution of what the United Nations has called one of the largest mass migrations in the Western Hemisphere.
Included in funding bill which will pass this week is our #VerdadAct which:
-guarantees sanctions will be lifted for those who support democracy & not guilty of human rights violations
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 17, 2019