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Congresswomen introduce bill to investigate how Venezuela would profit from Iran nuke deal

Bill from Rep. Maria Salazar would require Biden administration to report on benefits to the Maduro regime in a new nuclear deal.

Published: April 28, 2022 11:38pm

Updated: April 30, 2022 11:34pm

Reps. María Elvira Salazar and Stephanie Murphy  are pressing for legislation to measure how Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela would benefit from a new nuclear deal with Iran.

The congresswomen on Thursday introduced the Government Accountability Reporting on Iran and Venezuela Energy, Sanctions and Terrorism Act (INVESTIGATE Act).

The INVESTIGATE Act would require the Biden White House to report on the potential benefits to Venezuela’s oil industry, how  a Tehran deal could help the socialist regime avoid U.S. sanctions, and “how it would boost Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations.”

The bill requires a report be delivered to the House Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees within 14 days of reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran.

“For years, the Iranian and Venezuelan regimes have been united by their hatred of the United States. Iran has enlisted Venezuela as its proxy for terror, including supplying its government with advanced drones for use against the United States, Colombia, and Jewish communities throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Salazar, R-Fla., said.

“A new nuclear deal would not only arm a U.S. enemy with nuclear weapons, it would also empower Nicolas Maduro in our own region. If President Biden moves forward with the new agreement, he must understand the disastrous external impacts the negotiation will have within our own region,” she added.