State Leaders Launch Minnesota Engage Cuba State Council

CBS Minnesota

By: Ashley Roberts

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – State leaders and business owners are working to end the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba.

In Minnesota, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer just returned back from a trip to Cuba with President Barack Obama.

Klobuchar said lifting the trade embargo would allow American producers and companies to thrive. She said there’s a need for agricultural goods that Minnesota producers could supply.

Upon Emmer and Klobuchar’s return, Engage Cuba launched a state council in Minnesota Monday.

In addition to announcing Minnesota’s Engage Cuba State Council, there was also an extended discussion that examined how lifting the trade embargo would benefit Minnesota businesses and agriculture.

Dozens of people attended the event, including Klobuchar and Emmer.

Klobuchar is also the lead Senate sponsor of the bipartisan Freedom to Export to Cuba Act.

The bill would lift the trade embargo between the two countries that has been in place since 1960 and would eliminate legal barriers to Americans doing business in Cuba.

Emmer thinks it would be a long shot to get the trade embargo lifted this year, but believes supporters are setting the foundation for the next legislative session.

In the meantime, he said businesses need to petition their representatives if they want restrictions eased.