Progressive Caucus Statement on Cuba Policy
WASHINGTONâ€”Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. RaÃºl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) and CPC Peace and Security Task Force Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement today after President Obama announced a new policy towards Cuba.
â€œThe United States isolated Cuba for 53 years in a failed attempt to promote democracy and freedom. President Obamaâ€™s new course recognizes our old approach towards Cuba didnâ€™t work.
â€œIsolating Cuba separated the people of Cuba and their Cuban-American family members, and impaired our ability to build constructive relationships in Latin America. By restarting diplomatic relations and establishing a new embassy, the U.S. can start conversations on issues like commerce and human rights that have been dormant between our nations for too long. We applaud President Obama for his bold new approach and welcome news that, for the first time, both the U.S. and Cuba will attend the Summit of the Americaâ€™s in 2015.
â€œThe president has laid out a promising path forward and now it is up to Congress to act. Congress must lift the trade embargo and normalize travel between our two nations, which are only 90 miles apart. The Congressional Progressive Caucus looks forward to working with President Obama and members of Congress who want to stabilize relations between the U.S. and Cuba.â€