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Obama Meets Chavez

By the looks of things, the meeting between President Obama and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez was a friendly affair. Obama said as a campaigner that he would meet with Chavez, and now he has done so.

Hugo Chavez is a controversial figure, of course. He called President George W. Bush “the devil” and works with a small coterie of other Latin American leaders to promote socialism in their countries.

It’s a matter of endless debate whether the U.S. president meeting with leaders like Chavez will lead to the advancement of U.S. interests or needlessly give benefits to an opponent of U.S. power and principles like democracy and freedom.

Congress has not been silent about Chavez and Venezuela. A resolution offered in the House of Representatives would call for “free, democratic, transparent, and fair elections in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela without threats or intimidation.”

And H.R. 375 would place restrictions on nuclear cooperation with countries assisting the nuclear program of Venezuela or Cuba.

The current vote on the two bills is below. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki articles about the bills.  Comments on Chavez, the president’s meeting with him, and such are welcome below, too.

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