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house Bill H.R. 1102

Should Congress Monitor Russian Support of Venezuela’s Maduro Regime?

Argument in favor

Russian military influence in Venezuela has been growing in recent years, and the Maduro regime is leaning heavily on Russian support. It’s important for Congress to remain apprised of the situation to ensure that Russia doesn’t threaten U.S. allies in Latin America.

Judith's Opinion
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03/18/2019
A NEGLIGENT CONGRESS IS A GAGGED AMERICAN PEOPLE ! DO YOUR JOBS CONGRESS PEOPLE OR GET THE HELL OUT OF OFFICE !!!
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03/18/2019
We need more Congressional oversight of a State department that it showing itself to be inept and unprepared.
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William's Opinion
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03/18/2019
1) Maintain the principle of the Monroe Doctrine. 2) Putin‘s adventurism needs to be firmly and consistently contained.
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Argument opposed

The State Dept. is already required to conduct threat assessments around the world as part of its mission — there’s no need for this bill.

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03/18/2019
Hands off Venezuela! Our history of regime change, supporting military coups, and installing banana republics in South and Central America has destroyed any credibility the USA may have had in attempting to influence politics in the region.
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03/18/2019
I don’t trust Wasserman Schultz to blow her nose without a monitor. There must be money in it for her. This is already the State department’s job. It’s unnecessary. Is it possible just to let people do their jobs and myob.
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03/18/2019
How is this any of our business? Are we gearing up for a military intervention against Venezuela and Russia? As long as none of this is a threat to U.S. national security, there’s no reason for Congress to lose their minds over this.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1102?

This bill — the Russian-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act — would direct the State Dept. to step up monitoring of the military relationship between Russia and Venezuela and provide Congress with threat assessments and strategies to curb Russian military influence in Venezuela.

Impact

State Dept; Congress; Venezuela; and Russia.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1102

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced this bill to require the State Dept. to step up monitoring and provide Congress with threat assessments and strategies to curb Russian military influence in Venezuela:

“The growing military relationship between Nicolas Maduro and Vladimir Putin will severely obstruct any effort to restore real democracy in Venezuela. This kind of military alliance poses an imminent threat to our allies in the region, namely Colombia, and will only strengthen the foothold of Maduro’s brutal regime.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) adds:

“We must not allow Russia to provide Maduro with the defense and military resources that he will use to further repress and brutalize the Venezuelan people, or engage in anti-American activities at our doorstep. Russia’s actions in Venezuela threaten our national security and bolster the Venezuelan people’s oppressors.”

This bill has three bipartisan cosponsors, including two Democrat and one Republican, all of whom are from Florida.


Of NoteRussian-Venezuelan military interactions have increased in recent years, with joint forces participating in a 10-hour exercise across the Caribbean in December. Kremlin-linked military contractors have reportedly also been deployed to Venezuela. The Maduro regime has also turned to Russia for financial support during its current economic crisis.

South Florida Democrats — specifically the Miami congressional delegation — have introduced multiple bills in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. In addition to this bill, Rep. Donna Shalala's (D-FL) Venezuela Arms Restriction Act would ban the U.S. government from selling military equipment and riot-control gear to the Maduro regime and Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s (D-FL) Humanitarian Assistance to the Venezuelan People Act of 2019 — would provide an additional $150 million in humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: Kremlin / Public Domain)

AKA

Russian-Venezuelan Threat Mitigation Act

Official Title

To assess and mitigate threats posed by Russian-Venezuelan cooperation, and for other purposes.

    A NEGLIGENT CONGRESS IS A GAGGED AMERICAN PEOPLE ! DO YOUR JOBS CONGRESS PEOPLE OR GET THE HELL OUT OF OFFICE !!!
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    Isn’t that the intel community ‘s job?
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    We need more Congressional oversight of a State department that it showing itself to be inept and unprepared.
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    1) Maintain the principle of the Monroe Doctrine. 2) Putin‘s adventurism needs to be firmly and consistently contained.
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    Hands off Venezuela! Our history of regime change, supporting military coups, and installing banana republics in South and Central America has destroyed any credibility the USA may have had in attempting to influence politics in the region.
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    I don’t trust Wasserman Schultz to blow her nose without a monitor. There must be money in it for her. This is already the State department’s job. It’s unnecessary. Is it possible just to let people do their jobs and myob.
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    How is this any of our business? Are we gearing up for a military intervention against Venezuela and Russia? As long as none of this is a threat to U.S. national security, there’s no reason for Congress to lose their minds over this.
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    America needs to monitor enemy activity.
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    You expect Trump's State Dept to censure Trump's only source of cash? Who are you fooling? Putin owns our president.
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    We should also monitor YOU Debbie Wasserman! Cheat!!!
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    No, but Congress should monitor Russia’s intervention into our elections. NOTHING has been done to prevent Russia from interfering into elections since it did everything to see that Trump was elected in 2016.
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    Just stop getting involved with other countries and stop wasting our money on failed nation building policies.
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    Hell Yes! Putin is trying to become KING OF THE WORLD! IT'S NOT ENOUGH THAT HE HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO STARVE THE CITIZENS OF RUSSIA, HIS INVASION OF UKRAINE & CRIMEA AND WHAT HE IS DOING TO THE CITIZENS OF THOSE COUNTRIES. HE HAS INTERFERED WITH AMERICA'S ELECTION, GIVEN TRUMP TALKING POINTS, HAD OUR TRUMP'S "BEST PEOPLE" LIFT SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY OBAMA, NOW HE IS INTERFERING IN VENEZUELA? THE CITIZENS OF VENEZUELA ARE STARVING AND TRUMP IS CALLING THEM ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHILE THEY ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES, WHICH IS A PART OF AMERICA'S LEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWS. WHAT A TUTOR FOR TRUMP HE IS. I DAMN WELL WISH AMERICA'S CIA & FBI WOULD DO THEIR JOBS!
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    The US and Saudi led oil fuckery that has caused the crisis in Venezuela and which antisocialists have loved to pretend proves socialism a failed system as they ignore dozzens of successful democratic socialist countries is bad enough. The US and Saudi Arabia could have long ago NOT doomed Venezuela's oil based economy if they gave a shit about humanitarian issues. They just want tp pretend that it matters now for political points. We have enough legitimate reasons to have issues with Russia. Stop US interference around the globe.
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    Oh? And what is Congress going to DO about it? Issue a strongly worded resolution?
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    I am sure that the State Dept. is well aware of Russia's support and intentions. Why do we waste our time on bills like this. No wonder why Congress never gets anything done. They are too busy sticking their noses in everyone else's business. Oversight - yes, interference, no.
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    Hell no! INSTEAD, LET’S PLEASE MONITOR THE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE, INFLUENCE, ON THE U S OF A, DUMMIES!
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    We already have people in the intelligence community taking care of that. We don’t need congress to waste more money.
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    Is Maduro in Venezuela? Then yes we must be as assertive as the idiot in Washington would allow. The America’s don’t have room for Putin. Catch me
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    Don’t we have enough of our own problems to worry about?
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