Congressman Francis Rooney’s statement on the Venezuelan election
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney, Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the sham election in Venezuela.
Congressman Rooney stated, “The Venezuelan people deserve better than the fraudulent, rigged re-election of Nicholas Maduro. Bolivarian socialism has been an absolute failure. Venezuela, once one of the wealthiest countries in the Western Hemisphere, has fallen into complete ruin. People are starving while the Maduro government clings to power at any cost.
“The average Venezuelan lost 8 kilograms two years ago and 11 this past year, and inflation right now is 80% per month. The United States must work with our allies in the region to exert as much pressure as possible on the regime, including sanctioning government officials and their cronies, and hunting down their illicit assets."