Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson introduced legislation Wednesday that would provide assistance to Venezuela, including $10 million for medicine and nutritional supplements and $9.5 million for organizations working to defend human rights.
Rubio, a Republican, spearheaded the bill with Sen. Ben Cardin, and Nelson, a Democrat, signed on with a bipartisan group.
“Venezuelan civilians are being harmed and killed by their own government as the dictator [Nicolás] Maduro and his thugs use violence to suppress peaceful pro-democracy protests,” Rubio said. “The United States must stand with and support the Venezuelan people as they struggle to defend their rights and restore constitutional mechanisms and bring back democracy in their country.”