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Rep. Donalds Introduces Legislation Prohibiting Imported Oil from Socialist Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL) introduced the Prohibit the Venezuelan Importation Act, which directs President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to prohibit the importation of petroleum products from the socialist dictator of Venezuela and encourages the president to implement policies that will bolster the American energy industry.

Co-Sponsors of this legislation include: Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), and Randy Weber (TX-14)

“As the global beacon of freedom, the United States should never be reliant upon the blood-stained oil of murderous dictators,” said Rep. Donalds. “President Biden must condemn the fraudulent regime of Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro and prohibit all imported petroleum products from Venezuela. In order to compete on the global stage, the United States must revitalize its energy independence and confront this administration’s war on American energy.”

“The Biden Administration must not sell out the freedom of the Venezuelan people in exchange for petroleum resources that can be produced domestically,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. “Working out deals that enrich oppressive regimes is reprehensible and dangerous, and doing so helps to fund tools of oppression and helps them cling to illegitimate power. Instead of appeasing ruthless dictators, the Biden Administration must pursue a policy that prioritizes U.S. national security interests and freedom.” 


Read this legislation in its entirety here.

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