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Statement by Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez


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"I am hopeful that after almost a decade and a half of Hugo Chavez's disastrous reign over the citizens of Venezuela, today offers a new opportunity for the people of that country. The United States desires a peaceful and cooperative relationship with the government of Venezuela, rather than the demagoguery and provocation of tensions that has characterized Venezuelan geopolitics since Chavez took power in 1999. We know that the people of Venezuela do not desire an axis with Iran and a continuation of the same closed economic policies and erosion of civil liberties marked by the Chavez era. The United States should be very cautious about relations with Chavez's successor but remain committed to advocating for change that reflects the desire of Venezuelans to be free and prosperous."

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