Cicilline Introduces Legislation Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Force in Venezuela

Feb 6, 2019

WASHINGTON - Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to prohibit the use of military force in Venezuela without authorization from Congress.


“The Maduro regime’s corruption and negligence has devastated Venezuela’s economy, starved its people, and brought the nation to the brink of collapse,” said Cicilline, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “While we all want a brighter future for the Venezuelan people, the Trump administration does not have authorization from Congress to use military force in Venezuela. It would be a betrayal of the American people, who do not want another military intervention overseas, to risk the lives of our servicemembers.”


Cicilline’s legislation, introduced with the support of 20 co-sponsors, prevents the Trump administration from taking any military action related to Venezuela without the approval of Congress required by law.  This administration has frequently pushed the boundaries of the legal requirement to seek congressional approval for military action and this bill will prevent them from doing so in relation to Venezuela.