PRESS RELEASE: Americans and Cubans Have Everything to Gain from Ending the Embargo

CDA Applauds Introduction of the Cuba Trade Act of 2017

WASHINGTON – After Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-06) and Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14) introduced the Cuba Trade Act for consideration by the 115th Congress, Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, released the following statement:

“Americans and Cubans have everything to gain, and nothing to lose from ending the embargo – which only perpetuates our mutual isolation. Restoring normal trade with Cuba, as provided by The Cuba Trade Act, will allow both countries to intensify commercial relations, create more jobs, and reap benefits for businesses on both sides of the Florida Strait. A majority of Americans, and Cuban Americans, want the embargo to end, and the time has long since come for Congress to act.

“CDA welcomes the reintroduction of the Cuba Trade Act of 2017, H.R. 442. We commend Reps. Emmer and Castor for their leadership on normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations and restoring trade with Cuba. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Rick Crawford (AR-01), Mark Sanford (SC-01), Don Beyer (VA-08), James McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Ted Poe (R-02), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Justin Amash (MI-03).

“CDA is proud to have led bipartisan delegations to Cuba with Reps. Emmer, Castor, Sanford, Beyer, McGovern, and Lee.”

Sarah Stephens can be contacted through or 202-234-5506 at the CDA office in Washington, D.C.

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