PRESS RELEASE: CDA welcomes the reintroduction of Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

WASHINGTON – After Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-01) and Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) reintroduced the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act for consideration by the 115th Congress, Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, released the following statement:

“With 81 percent of Americans supporting the removal of all restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba, it’s time for Congress to respect the will of the American people and restore the right of Americans to travel freely to Cuba. In this spirit, CDA welcomes the reintroduction of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2017, H.R. 351.

“Over the past two years, new rules relaxing restrictions on travel, trade, and remittances to Cuba have achieved positive results by allowing greater numbers of U.S. visitors and Cubans to engage with each other, providing support for Cuban entrepreneurs, and opening opportunities for commerce.

“We commend Congressmen Mark Sanford (SC-01) and Jim McGovern (MA-02) for their leadership on opening travel for all Americans. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Justin Amash (MI-3), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Ted Poe (TX-02), Tom Emmer (MN-06), and Barbara Lee (CA-13).

“CDA is proud to have led bipartisan delegations to Cuba with Reps. Sanford, Emmer, 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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