Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenOvernight Defense: Over 500 amendments proposed for defense bill | Measures address transgender troops, Yemen war | Trump taps acting VA chief as permanent secretary Defense bill amendment would protect open transgender military service Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Fla.) called on the Obama administration to oppose giving Venezuela a seat on the organization's security council.

Venezuela is campaigning for a seat on the U.N. Security Council for the 2015-2016 session.

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Ros-Lehtinen, a former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to prevent a victory for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime. 

"There should be no place for Venezuela at the UN Security Council," Ros-Lehtinen said. "Nicolas Maduro and his regime have been the cause of instability in Venezuela and the Western Hemisphere region and allowing it a seat on the Security Council will legitimize and embolden this brutal regime and give it a platform from which it will attempt to undermine U.S. national security interests as well as global security."

Ros-Lehtinen warned that empowering Maduro's government would encourage other countries that pose threats to homeland security.

"The world is facing many serious security threats, from ISIL in Iraq and Syria and the Iranian nuclear program to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere; a Venezuelan seat on the Security Council would allow it to advocate for its allies like Syria, Iran and Cuba at a time when we need a united approach to confront these challenges," Ros-Lehtinen said.

Ros-Lehtinen and 13 other members also sent a letter to Kerry and Power to oppose including Venezuela on the U.N. Security Council.

Venezuela will have to win a two-thirds majority of votes in the U.N. General Assembly in an election to be held in October. The U.N. met this week for the 2014 Climate Summit in New York City.