The House on Tuesday gave Venezuelans demonstrating against their government a boost by unanimously passing a resolution supporting those demonstrators.

The resolution from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) was passed after the Venezuelan government's increasing use of violence against protestors, which has led to more than a dozen deaths.

Members of Congress have blamed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the violence, and said the resolution would send the message that the U.S. opposes his response.

"We must take a clear stand, because the Maduro regime has responded in a deeply undemocratic manner, by forcibly repressing protestors, attempting to silence critics by blocking media outlets, and even authorizing the arrest of key opposition leaders," said Ros-Lehtinen.

"It is an absolute tragedy that 17 people have been killed, and 261 people have been injured during recent protests throughout the country," added Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.). "It sounds a little bit like Ukraine, doesn't it?"

The resolution, H.Res. 488, easily passed in a unanimous 393-1 vote.

Earlier in the day, members passed three federal land use bills, all by voice vote:

— S. 23, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, designating lakeshore land and water in Michigan as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

— H.R. 2259, the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, which restricts new mining projects in the North Fork watershed area of Montana.

— H.R. 2197, the York Wild and Scenic River Study Act, which would require a study on the designation of an area of the York River in Maine as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.