A near-unanimous U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's resolution supporting peaceful protests in Venezuela.
The House voted 393-1 in favor of the legislation, House Resolution 488, which decries repressive tactics by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
Despite the show of unity, "our work is not yet done," Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. "The solidarity is warranted, and now it must be backed up by action to help save the lives of the suffering people of Venezuela."
The Republican said she is circulating a letter among members of Congress asking President Obama to impose sanctions against Maduro and his administration, including denying U.S. visas, freezing their U.S. assets and blocking any financial transactions.
Among the original co-sponsors of Ros-Lehtinen's resolution were Republican Mario Diaz-Balart and Democrat Joe Garcia, both of Miami, as well as other members of the Florida delegation from both sides of the political aisle.
Read their statements below.