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H.R. 2204: Venezuelan Contracting Restriction Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 10, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2204

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 10, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Diaz-Balart) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform

A BILL

To prohibit contracting with persons that have business operations with the Maduro regime, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Venezuelan Contracting Restriction Act.

2.

Prohibition on contracting with persons that have business operations with the Maduro regime

(a)

Prohibition

The head of an executive agency may not enter into a contract for the procurement of goods or services with any person that has business operations with an authority of the government of Venezuela that is not recognized as the legitimate government of Venezuela by the United States Government.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Business operations

The term business operations means engaging in commerce in any form, including acquiring, developing, maintaining, owning, selling, possessing, leasing, or operating equipment, facilities, personnel, products, services, personal property, real property, or any other apparatus of business or commerce.

(2)

Executive agency

The term executive agency has the meaning given the term in section 133 of title 41, United States Code.

(3)

Person

The term person means—

(A)

a natural person, corporation, company, business association, partnership, society, trust, or any other nongovernmental entity, organization, or group;

(B)

any governmental entity or instrumentality of a government, including a multilateral development institution (as defined in section 1701(c)(3) of the International Financial Institutions Act (22 U.S.C. 262r(c)(3))); and

(C)

any successor, subunit, parent entity, or subsidiary of, or any entity under common ownership or control with, any entity described in subparagraph (A) or (B).

(c)

Applicability

This section shall apply with respect to any contract entered into on or after the date of the enactment of this section.