BOGOTA, Colombia (CBSMiami/AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is hoping more newly elected Republicans will help push efforts to improve sanctions on Venezuelan officials who commit human rights abuses.

The Florida Republican is a sponsor of legislation targeting Venezuela’s socialist government that has been stalled since clearing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May with bipartisan support. A similar version has passed the U.S. House.

READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Backs Moments Of Silence In Schools

Rubio spoke Wednesday in Colombia’s capital a day after Republicans’ won control of the Senate. While welcoming the Obama administration’s decision to impose a travel ban on senior Venezuelan officials who helped quell anti-government demonstrations earlier this year, Rubio said more action is needed to punish President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

READ MORE: Miami Weather: Storms Weaken, But Periods Of Rain To Continue

“I hope we can achieve something much stronger,” Rubio said.

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

MORE NEWS: Coast Guard Offloads Over 7,500 Pounds Of Cocaine Worth $143.5 Million At Port Everglades

RELATED CONTENT:
[display-posts category=”politics” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”5″]