House Leadership Blocks Vote on Cuba Amendments

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, for the second year in a row, House leadership blocked a vote on a bill that would help farmers across the country sell agricultural products to Cuba and help the Cuban people.

The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on spending bills for fiscal year 2018. Congressman Rick Crawford from Arkansas wanted to offer an amendment to prohibit restrictions on financing the sale of agricultural commodities to Cuba to a stop-gap spending bill. House leadership insisted that this amendment be ruled "not in order," which precluded the possibility of an up-or-down vote on the House floor.

For the second year in a row, House leadership has prevented even a vote on this important measure. 

While leadership's reluctance to allow for a vote is disappointing, we are optimistic about the significant progress we have made over the past two years. We are confident that we would have won this vote. The only reason this bill was not even considered is because they knew it would have passed. 

But the good news is, we have another shot in a few short months. In December, the House will again vote on a mammoth spending bill, and we will have the opportunity to once again offer pro-Cuba engagement amendments. 

Together, we can get this done.  But we need your help:

1. Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to support H.R. 525, the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act.

2. Let us know if you have plans to come to Washington, D.C. over the next few months.

3. Recommend new leaders and organizations to join our State Council network.

4. Donate to Engage Cuba and help us keep up the momentum.