Scott and Rubio Join Senate Colleagues to Resist Biden's Proposed ESG Regulations for Contractors

Scott and Rubio Join Senate Colleagues to Resist Biden's Proposed ESG Regulations for Contractors

Mateo Guillamont
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April 23, 2024
US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) co-authored a letter along with Senate Republican colleagues responding to President Joe Biden’s proposed Federal Supplier Climate Risks and Resilience Rule (Contractor Climate Rule),  The Contractor Climate Rule would require all companies receiving more than $50 million in annual public contracts to set emissions reduction targets.  […]
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White House Ambivalent on Venezuelan Sanctions on Eve of Major Decision

White House Ambivalent on Venezuelan Sanctions on Eve of Major Decision

Mateo Guillamont
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April 17, 2024
The White House has refused to reveal whether lifted oil sanctions for Venezuela will be renewed as the deadline to make such a decision nears.  President Joe Biden is reportedly expected to not reinstate oil sanctions imposed on Venezuela during President Donald Trump’s term.  Biden lifted sanctions on Venezuela’s oil and gold sectors in exchange […]
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Twenty Senior US Officials Push Back After Biden Admin. Signals it will not Impose Sanctions on Venezuela

Twenty Senior US Officials Push Back After Biden Admin. Signals it will not Impose Sanctions on Venezuela

Mateo Guillamont
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April 5, 2024
President Joe Biden is expected to not reinstate oil sanctions imposed on Venezuela during President Donald Trump’s term, according to recent reports.  Renewing sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports would raise domestic gasoline prices given OPEC production cuts have increased American reliance on alternative sources, such as Venezuela.  Consequently, US officials are reportedly concerned that limiting […]
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Battle over Big Oil Mergers Festers in Senate

Battle over Big Oil Mergers Festers in Senate

Mateo Guillamont
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April 4, 2024
Senate Democrats and Republicans are at loggerheads over recently announced mergers in the oil industry.  Last year, reports emerged of  planned mergers between Exxon and Chevron with Pioneer Natural Resources and Hess Corporation, respectively. Exxon and Chevron are the two largest oil companies in the United States. Exxon has claimed the merger “represents an opportunity […]
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State Department's Ambivalent Venezuelan Stance Decried by Conservatives

State Department's Ambivalent Venezuelan Stance Decried by Conservatives

Mateo Guillamont
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April 2, 2024
As a sanctions relief deadline looms, conservatives are renewing calls for President Joe Biden to reinstate previously lifted sanctions on Venezuela.  In October of last year, the Biden Administration lifted sanctions on Venezuela’s oil and gold sectors in exchange for assurances Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro would hold fair elections. As Dictator Maduro jailed opposition figures […]
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Lawmakers Denounce Maduro Preventing Opposition Candidate's Registration

Lawmakers Denounce Maduro Preventing Opposition Candidate's Registration

Mateo Guillamont
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March 29, 2024
Venezuelan opposition party Democratic Unitary Platform (DUP) announced Tuesday they were unable to register their preferred candidate for Venezuela’s upcoming presidential elections.  The announcement arrived after months of failed negotiations between President Joe Biden’s administration, Venezuelan regime leader Nicolas Maduro, and DUP officials.   President Biden had spearheaded an effort to convince Maduro’s regime to permit […]
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Senate Republicans Join Scott in Responding to Unprecedented Biden Energy Tax Hike

Senate Republicans Join Scott in Responding to Unprecedented Biden Energy Tax Hike

Mateo Guillamont
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March 22, 2024
US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) was joined by a delegation of Senate Republicans this week in an effort to oppose President Joe Biden’s administration’s announced taxation plans for energy producers.  On March 11, 2024, the US Treasury Department unveiled its General Explanations of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2025 Revenue Proposals (Green Book).  The Green Book […]
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Salazar to Host Venezuela’s Machado in Foreign Affairs Committee

Salazar to Host Venezuela’s Machado in Foreign Affairs Committee

Mateo Guillamont
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February 6, 2024
US Representative Maria-Elvira Salazar (R-FL) will lead a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing into the fight for freedom in Venezuela this Wednesday, January 7th.  The hearing will feature Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado as the main witness.  Machado overwhelmingly won the Venezuelan opposition party’s recent primary elections. However, Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s […]
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Moskowitz Leads Bipartisan Effort Pressuring Biden to Increase Iranian Sanctions

Moskowitz Leads Bipartisan Effort Pressuring Biden to Increase Iranian Sanctions

Mateo Guillamont
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January 31, 2024
US Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) sent a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden requesting that he increase its administration’s sanctions on Iran.  According to Representative Moskowitz’s office, President Biden’s “lax sanctions policy” has resulted in “ over $88 billion flowing into Iran’s coffers.” Iran’s funding of foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) across the Middle East has […]
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Florida Urges Biden to Reimpose Venezuelan Sanctions

Florida Urges Biden to Reimpose Venezuelan Sanctions

Liv Caputo
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January 10, 2024
TALLAHASSEE, FL --- The Florida Legislature is pushing for strong foreign policy action against Venezuela and their dictator Nicolas Maduro. Following Venezuela's violation of a deal granting sanction relief, Florida has taken steps to urge the federal government to reinstate all sanctions against them. "The November 30th deadline has passed without compliance," SM 398's sponsor, […]
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International Conflicts to Expand in 2024

International Conflicts to Expand in 2024

Mateo Guillamont
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January 2, 2024
Current trends in international geopolitics suggest armed conflict will fester in 2024.   First, the Israel-Hamas war is expected to rage well into 2024 as the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) warn their Gaza operations will extend ‘for many more months’.  Hamas' remains committed to eradicating Israel and is leveraging hostages to this end, demanding an unrealistic […]
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Biden Administration Says Economic Sanctions on Venezuela are 'Not Advancing the Situation'

Biden Administration Says Economic Sanctions on Venezuela are 'Not Advancing the Situation'

Jackson Bakich
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December 7, 2023
Brian Nichols, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from the U.S. State Department, said this week at an Atlantic Council event, that the U.S. “will assess all actions taken [by the Maduro government in Venezuela] and conduct a review of our sanctions policy,” in agreement with the progress made. Nichols was referring to the […]
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Rubio Doubles Down on Venezuela Sanctions Despite Deal Being Reached

Rubio Doubles Down on Venezuela Sanctions Despite Deal Being Reached

Jackson Bakich
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December 6, 2023
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is doubling down on his call for President Joe Biden (D) and his administration to continue sanctions against Venezuelan President/Dictator Nicolas Maduro. Oil sanctions were to be eased as long as the Maduro regime lifted its ban on allowing opposition leader Maria Corina Machado to continue her candidacy. The deadline for […]
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FIU Poll: Venezuelan-Americans Believe US Sanctions Against Venezuela Ineffective

FIU Poll: Venezuelan-Americans Believe US Sanctions Against Venezuela Ineffective

Jackson Bakich
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December 5, 2023
A recent public opinion poll conducted by Florida International University (FIU),  provided some insights into the relationship between the United States and the Florida Venezuela community and focused on whether the U.S. economic sanctions levied on the Nicolas Maduro regime have been effective. FIU’s Latino Public Opinion Forum polled the thoughts held by Venezuelans who […]
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Biden Holding Off on Reimposing Venezuelan Sanctions Garners Criticism

Biden Holding Off on Reimposing Venezuelan Sanctions Garners Criticism

Mateo Guillamont
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December 5, 2023
President Joe Biden has yet to reintroduce sanctions on Venezuela after the US lifted them in exchange for free and fair elections in the Latin American country’s 2024 presidential election.  Back in early October, the Floridian’s Javier Manjarres reported how the US was leveraging sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports to pressure Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro […]
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Maduro Drags his Feet, Delays Reinstatement of Venezuelan Primary Winner

Maduro Drags his Feet, Delays Reinstatement of Venezuelan Primary Winner

Mateo Guillamont
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December 4, 2023
Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro reached a last minute deal late last week with the Venezuelan opposition to extend the reinstatement of banned candidates until December 15th.  Dictator Maduro’s puppet Supreme Court recently infamously barred opposition primary winner Maria Cornia Machado from participating in Venezuela’s upcoming 2024 elections.  Maduro’s regime cited Machado’s support for US sanctions […]
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Rubio, Cruz Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Sanctions on Venezuela

Rubio, Cruz Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Sanctions on Venezuela

Jackson Bakich
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December 1, 2023
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Reauthorization Act of 2023 in hopes of ensuring that the current sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his regime remain in place. The sanctions are set to expire on Dec. 21. In October, the Biden administration had struck a […]
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Calls to Reimpose Sanctions on Venezuela Increase as Deadline for Machado’s Reinstatement Nears

Calls to Reimpose Sanctions on Venezuela Increase as Deadline for Machado’s Reinstatement Nears

Mateo Guillamont
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November 10, 2023
Tallahassee, Fl- Florida Senator Bryan Avila (R) has floored a memorial requesting President Joe Biden reinstate recently lifted sanctions on Venezuela.  Senator Avila’s request is the latest of sundry legislative initiatives which have called for President Biden to reimpose sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro’s authoritarian regime.  Last October, Biden agreed to partially lift economic sanctions […]
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