Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on the administration’s announcement of new sanctions against Venezuelan government officials:

“President Maduro’s corrupt authoritarianism is pushing Venezuela to the brink of total meltdown.  Shortages of basic food and medicine are worsening, and infant deaths are soaring.  Violent regime crackdowns on political opposition are ongoing.  I welcome the administration’s move to sanction those helping Maduro squash all dissent, and again urge regional leaders to unite – both in words and in action – to address this crisis.”