"The United States provided $5.9 million to Venezuela in FY2006, including $2.2 million under the Andean Counterdrug Initiative and $3.7 million in Transition Initiatives funding. For FY2007, the Administration requested $1 million in ACI funding, $1.5 million in ESF for democracy initiatives, and $45,000 for International Military Education and Training (IMET). For FY2008, the Administration requested $3 million in Development Assistance and $50,000 for IMET. As over the past several years, the 110th Congress will likely focus on oversight hearings on conditions in Venezuela, energy security, and the overall status of bilateral relations and U.S. policy, with legislative initiatives likely focusing on funding for U.S. democracy and anti-drug initiatives in Venezuela, the human rights situation, and energy security. To date in the 110th Congress, two resolutions have been introduced on the human rights situation in Venezuela: H.Con.Res. 50 (Fortuño) and H.Con.Res. 77 (Weller). Another bill, S. 193 (Lugar), the Energy Diplomacy and Security Act of 2007, would increase hemispheric cooperation on energy issues."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32488