[House Document 116-56]
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116th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - House Document 116-56
 
            BLOCKING PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA

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                             COMMUNICATION

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                     THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

  AN EXECUTIVE ORDER WITH RESPECT TO VENEZUELA THAT TAKES ADDITIONAL 
  STEPS WITH RESPECT TO THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE 
 ORDER 13692, AS AMENDED, AS RELIED UPON FOR ADDITIONAL STEPS TAKEN IN 
SUBSEQUENT EXECUTIVE ORDERS, PURSUANT TO 50 U.S.C. 1703(b); PUBLIC LAW 
 95-223 SEC. 204(b); (91 STAT. 1627) AND 50 U.S.C. 1641(b); PUBLIC LAW 
                  94-412, SEC. 401(b); (90 STAT. 1257)
                  
                  
                  
                  
                  

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August 9, 2019.--Referred jointly to the Committees on Foreign Affairs 
              and the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed



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                                           The White House,
                                        Washington, August 5, 2019.
Hon. Nancy Pelosi,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Madam Speaker: Pursuant to the International Emergency 
Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the National 
Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and 
section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby report 
that I have issued an Executive Order taking additional steps 
with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive 
Order 13692, as amended, as relied upon for additional steps 
taken in subsequent Executive Orders.
    I have determined that it is necessary to block the 
property of the Government of Venezuela in light of the 
continued usurpation of power by the illegitimate Nicolas 
Maduro regime, as well as the regime's human rights abuses, 
arbitrary arrest and detention of Venezuelan citizens, 
curtailment of free press, and ongoing attempts to undermine 
Interim President Juan Guaido of Venezuela and the 
democratically-elected Venezuelan National Assembly.
    I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.
            Sincerely,
                                                   Donald J. Trump.




























                            Executive Order

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            Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela

    By the authority vested in me as President by the 
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 
including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 
U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 
U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of 
title 3, United States Code,
    I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of 
America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the 
national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 
8, 2015 (Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain 
Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela), as 
amended, as relied upon for additional steps taken in 
subsequent Executive Orders, and in light of the continued 
usurpation of power by Nicolas Maduro and persons affiliated 
with him, as well as human rights abuses, including arbitrary 
or unlawful arrest and detention of Venezuelan citizens, 
interference with freedom of expression, including for members 
of the media, and ongoing attempts to undermine Interim 
President Juan Guaido and the Venezuelan National Assembly's 
exercise of legitimate authority in Venezuela, hereby order:
    Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property of 
the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States, that 
hereafter come within the United States, or that are or 
hereafter come within the possession or control of any United 
States person are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, 
exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.
    (b) All property and interests in property that are in the 
United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or 
that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of 
any United States person of the following persons are blocked 
and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or 
otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of 
the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:
          (i) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or 
        provided financial, material, or technological support 
        for, or goods or services to or in support of, any 
        person included on the list of Specially Designated 
        Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by the Office 
        of Foreign Assets Control whose property and interests 
        in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
          (ii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted 
        or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or 
        indirectly, any person whose property and interests in 
        property are blocked pursuant to this order.
    (c) The prohibitions in subsections (a)-(b) of this section 
apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in 
regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued 
pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract 
entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the 
effective date of this order.
    Sec. 2. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry 
into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more 
of the criteria in section 1(b) of this order would be 
detrimental to the interests of the United States, and entry of 
such persons into the United States, as immigrants or 
nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended, except when the Secretary 
of State determines that the person's entry would not be 
contrary to the interests of the United States, including when 
the Secretary so determines, based on a recommendation of the 
Attorney General, that the person's entry would further 
important United States law enforcement objectives. In 
exercising this responsibility, the Secretary of State shall 
consult the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters related 
to admissibility or inadmissibility within the authority of the 
Secretary of Homeland Security. Such persons shall be treated 
in the same manner as persons covered by section 1 of 
Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of 
Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans 
and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions). The 
Secretary of State shall have the responsibility for 
implementing this section pursuant to such conditions and 
procedures as the Secretary has established or may establish 
pursuant to Proclamation 8693.
    Sec. 3. The prohibitions in section 1 of this order 
include:
    (a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, 
goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person 
whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant 
to this order; and
    (b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, 
goods, or services from any such person.
    Sec. 4. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the 
purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or 
attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this 
order is prohibited.
    (b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the 
prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
    Sec. 5. Nothing in this order shall prohibit:
    (a) transactions for the conduct of the official business 
of the Federal Government by employees, grantees, or 
contractors thereof; or
    (b) transactions related to the provision of articles such 
as food, clothing, and medicine intended to be used to relieve 
human suffering.
    Sec. 6. For the purposes of this order:
    (a) the term ``person'' means an individual or entity;
    (b) the term ``entity'' means a partnership, association, 
trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other 
organization;
    (c) the term ``United States person'' means any United 
States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized 
under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within 
the United States (including foreign branches), or any person 
in the United States; and
    (d) the term ``Government of Venezuela'' includes the state 
and Government of Venezuela, any political subdivision, agency, 
or instrumentality thereof, including the Central Bank of 
Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), any person 
owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the foregoing, 
and any person who has acted or purported to act directly or 
indirectly for or on behalf of, any of the foregoing, including 
as a member of the Maduro regime. For the purposes of section 2 
of this order, the term ``Government of Venezuela'' shall not 
include any United States citizen, any permanent resident alien 
of the United States, any alien lawfully admitted to the United 
States, or any alien holding a valid United States visa.
    Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in 
property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a 
constitutional presence in the United States, I find that 
because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets 
instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be 
taken pursuant to this order would render those measures 
ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to 
be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in 
Executive Order 13692, there need be no prior notice of a 
listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this 
order.
    Sec. 8. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with 
the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such 
actions, including promulgating rules and regulations, and to 
employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be 
necessary to implement this order. The Secretary of the 
Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of 
these functions within the Department of the Treasury. All 
agencies of the United States Government shall take all 
appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the 
provisions of this order.
    Sec. 9. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to 
impair or otherwise affect:
          (i) the authority granted by law to an executive 
        department or agency, or the head thereof; or
          (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of 
        Management and Budget relating to budgetary, 
        administrative, or legislative proposals.
    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with 
applicable law and subject to the availability of 
appropriations.
    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any 
right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law 
or in equity by any party against the United States, its 
departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or 
agents, or any other person.
    Sec. 10. This order is effective at 9:00 a.m. eastern 
daylight time on August 5, 2019.
                                                   Donald J. Trump.
    The White House, August 5, 2019.

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