WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Maria Salazar (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today released the following statement on the Maduro regime’s backtracking on its commitments to the Biden Administration last October:
“Maduro has once again broken his commitments to the Biden Administration. The disqualification of opposition leader Maria Corina Machado and other ongoing arrests of the Venezuelan opposition run counter to the regime’s promises.
“It’s past time the Biden Administration hold Maduro accountable. It must immediately reinstate all sanctions removed since October 2022, urge the European Union and other regional partners in the Western Hemisphere to match our sanctions, and seek international cooperation for the arrest and extradition of Nicolas Maduro. We must deny the Maduro regime the resources to commit gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and threaten regional and international peace.”