Calling on President Obama to withdraw his executive order declaring Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. National security and foreign policy"

RESOLUTION 15-05.55

Calling on President Obama to withdraw his executive order declaring Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. National security and foreign policy"

WHEREAS the Obama Administration issued an executive order (EO 13692) on March 9, 2015, with a declaration, purported to be compliant with the National Emergency Act and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), that Venezuela poses a national security threat to the United States, justifying the imposition of sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials and the potential of additional sanctions, all without any due process; and

WHEREAS President Obama himself, in a press conference on April 9, 2015, admitted that Venezuela does not in fact present such a threat and his spokespeople have repeatedly admitted that the declaration was “completely pro-forma” -- required in order to impose sanctions that otherwise would violate international and U.S. law; and

WHEREAS a false declaration that a country poses a national security threat to the United States violates domestic and international law and serves only to further isolate the United States in the region;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party calls on President Obama to withdraw immediately Executive Order 13692, the declaration that Venezuela poses a national security threat to the United States and the sanctions the declaration purports to justify; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheric Relations, Roberta Jacobson.

Sponsored by Karen Bernal & 27 DSCC members.

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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