This week, the U.S. House passed on a voice vote a proposal from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to have the U.S. State Department provide a threat assessment and propose strategies on dealing with Russia’s increased ties to the Maduro regime’s military in Venezuela.
Wasserman Schultz introduces the “Russia-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act” at the end of February with the backing of Florida Democrat U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala and Darren Soto and Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
The South Florida Democrat’s bill would “require the president to monitor the risk of Russian acquisition of…Venezuela’s CITGO assets in the United States , as well as impose a visa ban for any individuals working on behalf of the Russian government in direct support of Venezuelan security forces.”
The House passed Wasserman Schultz’s bill on Monday along with Mucarsel-Powell’s bill proposing $150 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans and Shalala’s proposal cutting off tear gas and riot gear to the Maduro regime.
Wasserman Schultz weighed in on her bill after it cleared the House.
“This menacing Kremlin influence creates not only a hurdle to restoring a functioning, legitimate democracy to the people of Venezuela, but it also poses an imminent