House Approves Targeted Sanctions for Venezuela Leaders

The House approved a bipartisan bill on Wednesday allowing the Obama administration to impose target sanctions on members of Venezuela's government who are "responsible for serious human rights abuses," NBC News reported. A violent crackdown by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime on protesters has resulted in dozens of deaths, hundreds of injuries, over 60 cases of reported torture and the detainment of thousands. The bill, which was opposed by the Obama administration over fears that it would distance Latin American countries, would not hurt individual Venezuelans, according to Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro, who led Democratic support for the bill.

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