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senate Bill S. 2845

Continuing the Sanctions Against Venezuelan Officials Who Mistreat Protesters

Argument in favor

This bill demonstrates U.S. support of the Venezuelan people and their desire for peace and democracy. We should continue to impose sanctions on officials who have mistreated protesters.

Loraki's Opinion
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07/08/2016
The situation in Venezuela is a tragedy of epic proportions! The people are really suffering because of the socialist regime's stupid and oppressive policies. ICYMT, here's a glimpse of what is happening there (and there but for the grace of God go we!): Orwell Was Wrong: It Will Be Worse Than He Predicted (And It’s Happening Now) The mainstream media, like so many in governmental power, desperately wants you to believe that government control is the best way to manage a variety of aspects of life. One particular area, for example, is the economy. Pro-government people fall into one of two camps, only varying in degree of government control (and never advocating little-to-no control). Those two camps are fascism/mercantilism/crony capitalists and socialism. The first group is the group of people that liberals hate: the crony capitalists (which is much different from laissez-fairre, Libertarian, types of capitalists). They like to call themselves capitalists but aren’t advocates of the free market. They are advocates of government control of markets in partnership with big business. The second group are more open about their aims. Socialists, unlike crony capitalists, call themselves socialists, communists, or (if they are trying to avoid the negative stigma of the other two terms) "progressives." We see the effects of crony capitalism on our society now (the 1% really do get richer. They run the banks, large corporations, and/or government). What you don’t hear on the media is what socialism really does to a society. George Orwell predicted totalitarian control in his book 1984. What he didn’t predict is the total societal collapse that actually occurs under socialism, but, for those with eyes to see, the truth is right before our eyes. You just need to get reports about what is really happening in Venezuela.  Shaun Bradley writes, “Life in Venezuela now consists of empty grocery stores, record rates of violent crime, and widespread shortages of just about everything. The economic and political conditions have been deteriorating for years, but recent stories coming from this once-rich nation are astonishing. Bars have run out of beer, McDonald’s can’t get bunsfor their Big Macs, and rolling blackouts are a regular occurrence. The average person spends over 35 hours a month waiting in line to buy their rationed goods, and even basics like toilet paper and toothpaste are strictly regulated. […] “The Venezuelan healthcare system, once a symbol of socialism’s success, has been crippled by vast medical supply shortages. Gloves, soap, and antibiotics have all vanished, with power often only working one or two days a week. The economic woes have created a full-blown public health emergency. Malnutrition combined with doctors’ inability to treat patients effectively has led to outbreaks of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. With such extremely limited resources, many patients are falling through the cracks. Even simple illnesses are going untreated, leading to dangerous complications. {…] “Life in Venezuela is now built around waiting in lines. As much as the lines have become the key to survival, they are also hotbeds for violence. Crimes are often committed in broad daylight, with assailants meeting little resistance. For other people in line, the risk of leaving their spot to intervene is just too high. Their dependence on government has literally robbed them of their ability to help others in need. “’These days, you have to put the line above everything,’ said pharmacist Haide Mendoza, who witnessed a murder in the line at her store, CBS News reported. “The hyperinflation currently affecting the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, is undermining every function of the government and economy. The inflation rate is now the highest in the world and is expected to hit 1,600% by next year. Despite the government raising the minimum wage three times to appease workers, the move has only fueled a rise in prices. In a highly controversial move, the government imposed forced labor policies to keep food production going. Maduro’s emergency decree promises severe punishments for those who refuse to work in the fields without pay. The social contract appears to have no end when it comes to the ‘greater good.’”  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-24/total-societal-collapse-what-media-isnt-telling-you-about-venezuela People unwilling to step out of line to prevent a murder. Babies dying at birth because of lack of medicines. Forced (should we say “slave”) labor. Orwell’s protagonist in 1984 had it better than this, and this is what “progressives” will bring to America. They will say it is to help the underprivileged or those without access to resources. What they won’t tell you is that the long-term effect is that no one has access to resources, and everyone is worse off. With the massive support that Bernie Sanders received in the primary season this year, it doesn’t look like the push towards full-blown socialism is going away, and, if the socialists get their way, all of us will suffer. ..... Read more at: http://survivalinstitute.com/orwell-was-wrong-it-will-be-worse-than-he-predicted-and-its-happening-now/ God help us if we elect Hillary Clinton or some other socialist here in America! Nothing good will ever come from going down a road paved by the Communists. They tell you it's about justice and equality and saving the planet, but really it's about power and wealth for a small group and the enslavement and exploitation of the masses. I read somewhere that Prince Philip referred to the masses as "useless eaters"! How do you like THAT?!
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JonDep's Opinion
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07/07/2016
Always fight large governments who abuse citizens
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BTSundra's Opinion
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07/07/2016
We must encourage the collapse of socialism worldwide wherever that may be,
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Argument opposed

The United States has enough to worry about without getting involved in Venezuelan affairs. We should allow the sanctions against implicated Venezuelans to expire this year as scheduled.

Lesia's Opinion
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07/08/2016
How about we start by protecting American citizens from police. Then we can sit in judgement on others.
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Ashley's Opinion
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12/02/2016
It is hypocrisy for the US to penalize Venezuela for mistreating protestors when peaceful protesters in our own country are attacked daily with rubber bullets and tear gas for the audacity to peacefully demand protection of safe water.
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StevenZymanek's Opinion
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07/07/2016
We can publicly shame them for how they treat protesters, however we are not the world police and we should not interfere with other countries unless necessary or by the UN's request
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What is Senate Bill S. 2845?

This bill re-expresses U.S. commitment to the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, which was passed in 2014 and states that the United States is working toward a “mutually beneficial relationship” with Venezuela based on respect for human rights. The original bill condemns government-sanctioned violence in Venezuela and calls the two countries to work together on issues of counter-narcotics, counterterrorism, and other public security concerns.

The original Human Rights act included a requirement for the U.S. President to impose sanctions against individuals in Venezuela who commit human rights violations. These sanctions, which are set to expire at the end of 2016, freeze the U.S. assets and ban travel to the U.S. for anyone (including government officials) who has contributed to violence against or the illegal arrest of anti-government protesters. In March 2015, President Barack Obama issued an executive order following through on these sanctions.

The current bill would prevent this provision from expiring this year, and would extend it through 2019.

The current bill also recommits to the original bill’s acknowledgement that Venezuelan governmental mismanagement has caused economic hardship, violence, and loss of freedoms within the country. The original bill directed the United States to work with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union (EU) to support Venezuelan aspirations for peace and democracy. It also directed the Chairperson of the Broadcasting Board of Governors to update Congress on the obstacles to accurate news and information in Venezuela, and U.S. strategies for helping overcome these obstacles.

Impact

Venezuelan people who have been identified by the U.S. as agents of violence, President Obama, the next President, Congress, the Venezuelan government

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2845

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: Since 2014, the people of Venezuela have held frequent demonstrations to protest governmental mismanagement. Some early protests resulted in violent clashes with government forces, with over 3,000 protesters arrested and 43 people killed in the action. In late 2014 and 2015, the protests centered on shortages and low oil prices, while in 2016 the focus has been the 2015 Venezuelan parliamentary elections.


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Summary by Katie Rose Quandt
(Image Credit: Carlos Díaz/ Wikimedia Commons)

AKA

Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Extension Act of 2016

Official Title

A bill to extend the termination of sanctions with respect to Venezuela under the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014.

bill Progress


  • EnactedJuly 15th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed July 6th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The senate Passed April 28th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedApril 25th, 2016

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    The situation in Venezuela is a tragedy of epic proportions! The people are really suffering because of the socialist regime's stupid and oppressive policies. ICYMT, here's a glimpse of what is happening there (and there but for the grace of God go we!): Orwell Was Wrong: It Will Be Worse Than He Predicted (And It’s Happening Now) The mainstream media, like so many in governmental power, desperately wants you to believe that government control is the best way to manage a variety of aspects of life. One particular area, for example, is the economy. Pro-government people fall into one of two camps, only varying in degree of government control (and never advocating little-to-no control). Those two camps are fascism/mercantilism/crony capitalists and socialism. The first group is the group of people that liberals hate: the crony capitalists (which is much different from laissez-fairre, Libertarian, types of capitalists). They like to call themselves capitalists but aren’t advocates of the free market. They are advocates of government control of markets in partnership with big business. The second group are more open about their aims. Socialists, unlike crony capitalists, call themselves socialists, communists, or (if they are trying to avoid the negative stigma of the other two terms) "progressives." We see the effects of crony capitalism on our society now (the 1% really do get richer. They run the banks, large corporations, and/or government). What you don’t hear on the media is what socialism really does to a society. George Orwell predicted totalitarian control in his book 1984. What he didn’t predict is the total societal collapse that actually occurs under socialism, but, for those with eyes to see, the truth is right before our eyes. You just need to get reports about what is really happening in Venezuela.  Shaun Bradley writes, “Life in Venezuela now consists of empty grocery stores, record rates of violent crime, and widespread shortages of just about everything. The economic and political conditions have been deteriorating for years, but recent stories coming from this once-rich nation are astonishing. Bars have run out of beer, McDonald’s can’t get bunsfor their Big Macs, and rolling blackouts are a regular occurrence. The average person spends over 35 hours a month waiting in line to buy their rationed goods, and even basics like toilet paper and toothpaste are strictly regulated. […] “The Venezuelan healthcare system, once a symbol of socialism’s success, has been crippled by vast medical supply shortages. Gloves, soap, and antibiotics have all vanished, with power often only working one or two days a week. The economic woes have created a full-blown public health emergency. Malnutrition combined with doctors’ inability to treat patients effectively has led to outbreaks of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. With such extremely limited resources, many patients are falling through the cracks. Even simple illnesses are going untreated, leading to dangerous complications. {…] “Life in Venezuela is now built around waiting in lines. As much as the lines have become the key to survival, they are also hotbeds for violence. Crimes are often committed in broad daylight, with assailants meeting little resistance. For other people in line, the risk of leaving their spot to intervene is just too high. Their dependence on government has literally robbed them of their ability to help others in need. “’These days, you have to put the line above everything,’ said pharmacist Haide Mendoza, who witnessed a murder in the line at her store, CBS News reported. “The hyperinflation currently affecting the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, is undermining every function of the government and economy. The inflation rate is now the highest in the world and is expected to hit 1,600% by next year. Despite the government raising the minimum wage three times to appease workers, the move has only fueled a rise in prices. In a highly controversial move, the government imposed forced labor policies to keep food production going. Maduro’s emergency decree promises severe punishments for those who refuse to work in the fields without pay. The social contract appears to have no end when it comes to the ‘greater good.’”  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-24/total-societal-collapse-what-media-isnt-telling-you-about-venezuela People unwilling to step out of line to prevent a murder. Babies dying at birth because of lack of medicines. Forced (should we say “slave”) labor. Orwell’s protagonist in 1984 had it better than this, and this is what “progressives” will bring to America. They will say it is to help the underprivileged or those without access to resources. What they won’t tell you is that the long-term effect is that no one has access to resources, and everyone is worse off. With the massive support that Bernie Sanders received in the primary season this year, it doesn’t look like the push towards full-blown socialism is going away, and, if the socialists get their way, all of us will suffer. ..... Read more at: http://survivalinstitute.com/orwell-was-wrong-it-will-be-worse-than-he-predicted-and-its-happening-now/ God help us if we elect Hillary Clinton or some other socialist here in America! Nothing good will ever come from going down a road paved by the Communists. They tell you it's about justice and equality and saving the planet, but really it's about power and wealth for a small group and the enslavement and exploitation of the masses. I read somewhere that Prince Philip referred to the masses as "useless eaters"! How do you like THAT?!
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    How about we start by protecting American citizens from police. Then we can sit in judgement on others.
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    It is hypocrisy for the US to penalize Venezuela for mistreating protestors when peaceful protesters in our own country are attacked daily with rubber bullets and tear gas for the audacity to peacefully demand protection of safe water.
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    Always fight large governments who abuse citizens
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    We must encourage the collapse of socialism worldwide wherever that may be,
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    We can publicly shame them for how they treat protesters, however we are not the world police and we should not interfere with other countries unless necessary or by the UN's request
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    A threat to protesting is a threat to democracy--period.
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    As a Venezuelan, I care about freedom of speech in my country.
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    We must fight oppression! The people of Venezuela deserve the right to hold their government accountable and stand up against injustice.
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    People just don't seem to understand how serious the acts against Venezuelan civil rights are and the fact that they are violated on a daily basis
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    Sanctions merely hurt the regular people. Plus quite frankly the U.S. government has no business in telling other governments how to treat their people when the United States has not been much better in recent history...
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    Since human rights violations continue to be the policy in Venezuela then I support continuing the sanctions put in place by the Obama administration.
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    To broad a question. Maybe we could cut off his MasterCard or Amex card. Suspend his Passport? Does Obama want to send a Hit Squad? Let's have a more pointed question
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    The sanctions could hurt those who would benefit from open trade of goods with North America. Continuing the sanctions might hurt the people who are protesting economically.
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    Let's stand up for others when we can.
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    Our country is ina state of crisis. When that is resolved we can help other countries
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    Human attrocities affect us all!
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    We all need to feel safe when we express our beliefs. EVERY voice matters!
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    Let's focus on how we mistreat protestors in our country, lest we be accused of American imperialist hypocrisy.
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    Methinks we have to clean up our own "backyards" before imposing what our lawmakers promote as "American values" on other governments. We have so many human rights abuses right here on our own soil...what hypocrisy!
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