Landrieu stops Venezuela sanctions for La. jobs

Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing pressure to stop blocking a bill in the Senate that would impose sanctions against human rights abusers in Venezuela's government. Landrieu says she supports sanctions but says the bill could threaten 2,000 jobs at a Louisiana refinery which imports oil from Venezuela. (Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images)
Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing pressure to stop blocking a bill in the Senate that would impose sanctions against human rights abusers in Venezuela's government. Landrieu says she supports sanctions but says the bill could threaten 2,000 jobs at a Louisiana refinery which imports oil from Venezuela. (Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/02 1:32 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing increased pressure to stop blocking a bill that would impose sanctions against human rights abusers in Venezuela's government.

Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, co-wrote an opinion piece Tuesday with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio that criticizes Landrieu as siding with Venezuelan leaders who have jailed and killed protesters.

Meanwhile, the Independent Venezuelan American Citizens group planned protests at federal buildings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to criticize Landrieu's position.

A Democrat seeking her fourth term, Landrieu says she supports sanctions. But she says Rubio's bill could threaten 2,000 jobs at a major Citgo oil refinery in Louisiana, which imports oil from Venezuela.

Republicans hope the criticism strikes another blow against Landrieu, who is targeted by the GOP to try to retake control of the Senate.

 

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