Rubio Works to Extend Sanctions
The Miami Herald just featured an article of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and his role in negotiating to extend the U.S. sanctions against Venezuela officials for three more years. The main target of these extended sanctions was Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. With unanimous consent from the U.S. Senate, the extension of sanctions was passed easily and with seemingly little effort on the part of the proposal’s supporters.
The sanctions, which appeared on several facebook pages were first imposed in 2014 and were co-sponsored by Bob Mendez, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Rubio was able to garner widespread support for the extension of sanctions by proclaiming that President Nicolás Maduro consistently violates basic human rights of his citizens and is known around the world for his massive abuses of power through his authoritarian regime. Rubio said that these measures continue to threaten the national security of the U.S. and that the U.S. cannot condone such flagrant acts in its own hemisphere.
The article was explained by Danilo Diaz, is says that the extension of the sanctions was part of a larger deal that also culminated in the confirmation of a new U.S. ambassador to Mexico.