This hearing will begin immediately following the markup of H. Res. 851, Expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging the release of political prisoners, and calling for respect of constitutional and democratic processes; and H.R. 5708, Nicaragua Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2016.

Opening Statements


Mr. Juan Gonzalez
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
U.S. Department of State
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The Honorable Marcela Escobari
Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
U.S. Agency for International Development
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Hearing transcript (PDF)