U.S. officials are weighing the imposition of new travel and financial restrictions on individuals and companies in Venezuela in light of the country's deteriorating institutional and economic crisis. Pressed by lawmakers at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, representatives of the Obama administration said they are readying additional visa bans to prevent Venezuelan citizens complicit in human rights abuses and corruption from traveling to the United States. Such measures could coincide or precede economic sanctions, officials said. "While we can't give names under the visa laws, we have said that these have included ministers in the government, senior presidential advisors and...
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday clearing the way for financial sanctions against Venezuelan officials implicated in the country's violent crackdown on antigovernment demonstrators.
The U.S. government Friday blacklisted two senior Venezuelan officials and a former official - all in high-ranking positions pledged to fight criminals and terrorists - for aiding a designated terrorist group, a glancing blow to a country becoming increasingly more hostile to the U.S.
Nine Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives Friday calling on the Bush administration to sanction Venezuela over its ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).