Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Treasury announced new sanctions on the government of Venezuela:

“According to reports, food prices in Venezuela increased by a thousand fold last year, causing the average Venezuelan to lose 19 pounds. Men, women and children are starving, but their government continues to focus on consolidating power.  I applaud the administration for today’s actions to deny Maduro additional financing to line the pockets of his enablers, and further shore up his dictatorship.  We must continue to stand with the people of Venezuela – and with our allies – to restore democracy and basic human rights.”