Members of US Congress Favor Lifting of Cuban Embargo
SAN JUAN – Seven American congressmen visiting Cuba expressed Monday the need to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba and to continue working toward the normalization of the relations between the two countries.
The lawmakers, all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, said one of the goals of their visit is to learn about the economic changes taking place in Cuba.
Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) said she represents a community that has been committed, and has requested President Barack Obama, to reestablish diplomatic relations with the Caribbean island.
“After his visit I’m more convinced the embargo must end. We know it greatly depends on Congress and that is why we are speedily working to eliminate it,” Castor said.
According to the congresswoman, a memorandum of understanding to reestablish regular flights between Cuba and the United States constitutes an important step on the road to normalization. The memorandum was slated to be signed Tuesday. Castor said the agreement will promote cultural, religious and commercial exchanges between the two countries.
Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) said they were on a mission to lift the embargo on the House floor. He also expressed his optimism over the different steps being taken and the real opportunity to end with these restrictions.
All congress members in the bipartisan delegation coincided that more and more alleys are being won over within the U.S., but there is still a lot of work to be done on Capitol Hill to see the end of these policies that have been in effect for more than half a century.
The congressional delegation, which has been in Havana since Saturday, also includes Republicans Paul Gozar (AZ) and Mike Bishop (MI), as well as Democrats John Garamendi (CA), Alan Lowenthal (CA) and Brendan Boyle (PA).