WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), along with Mark Sanford (R-SC), Don Beyer (D-VA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Justin Amash (R-MI), all members of the House Cuba Working Group, introduced legislation to lift the Cuban embargo.
The Cuba Trade Act would permit private-sector industries in the United States to trade free with Cuba, effectively lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba. The legislation will also prohibit taxpayer funds to be used on promotion or development of this new market.
"For 55 years, the Cuban embargo has failed. It has failed to advance U.S. interest in Cuba, it has failed American businesses, and it has failed the people of Cuba. The notion that it will work in year 56 is the definition of insanity," said President of Engage Cuba, James Williams. "There is no question that a policy change from hostility and isolation, to one of engagement has done more to empower the Cuban people in the past two years than in the last 55 years combined. We applaud Representatives Emmer and Castor, and all their colleagues who have agreed to co-sponsor the bill, for their leadership in working to advance policy that would benefit American businesses and the people of Cuba."