Republican representatives presented a bill called the BOLIVAR Act to stop all operations of companies that maintain any relationship with the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.
Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL) introduced the bipartisan legislation to prevent the U.S. Government from hiring people who do business with Chavismo.
The legislation was introduced in the lower house of Congress and has been endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican benches.
“The United States must use all means necessary to eliminate any funding mechanism that helps bolster Maduro’s illegitimate and corrupt socialist regime,” Waltz said.
“I hope this legislation sets the roadmap for other countries to follow in hopes of restoring freedom and prosperity to the people of Venezuela,” the Congressman added.
The Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime Act, or BOLIVAR Act, will prohibit the head of an executive agency from entering into a contract for the procurement of goods or services, with any person who has business dealings with the Maduro regime.
BOLIVAR Act: Cutting ties with Maduro
Likewise, Cuban-born Congressman Carlos Giménez stated that “the socialists in Venezuela represent a serious threat to the interests of the United States in Latin America”.
Likewise on the Democratic side, Stephanie Murphy stated on Twitter that “Maduro’s regime is a threat to the people of Venezuela, to stability in Latin America and to U.S. national security interests. That’s why I am co-leading this bipartisan bill to support the people of Venezuela and weaken Maduro’s grip on the country.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Congressmen Debbie Wasserman, Mario D’iaz Balart, Stephanie Murphy, Maria Salazar, Carlos Giménez, Jennifer González-Colón, Alcee Hastings, Bill Pose, Matt Gaetz, and Brian Fitzpatrick.
“Doing business with Maduro’s criminal and murderous regime will only prolong the pain inflicted on the Venezuelan people,” said Florida Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz.