Representatives Emmer and Castor Introduce Bill To End Embargo of Cuba

On January 12, U.S. Representatives (Tom Emmer (Rep., MN), who is the Chair of the House’s Cuba Working Group, and Kathy Castor (Dem., FL) introduced a bill (H.R. 442)– the Cuba Trade Act—“to lift the Cuba embargo. This . . . [bill] would allow businesses in the private sector to trade freely with Cuba, while … Continue reading Representatives Emmer and Castor Introduce Bill To End Embargo of Cuba

U.S. and Cuba’s Efforts To Continue Normalization

With the impending arrival of the Trump Administration and twitterings that it might derail efforts at normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, the Obama Administration, its U.S. allies and Cuba are continuing their efforts at that normalization. Let us examine these efforts by the latest U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Commission meeting, U.S. Senators and Representatives, Cuban entrepreneurs and a U.S. … Continue reading U.S. and Cuba’s Efforts To Continue Normalization

Current Status of Efforts To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba

Many prior posts have discussed this blogger’s support for ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Unfortunately it looks increasingly unlikely that will happen in the last year of President Obama’s term in office. U.S. Congressional Efforts A 2/26/16 search of the U.S. Library of Congress THOMAS website regarding legislation in Congress reveals that no action … Continue reading Current Status of Efforts To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba

Is Congress Rethinking the U.S. Embargo of Cuba?

An August 3 New York Times editorial asserts that the U.S. Congress is rethinking the wisdom of the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Why does the Times come to this conclusion? Is it justified? I wish it were so, but I think it is too soon to say that the Congress is changing its opinion on … Continue reading Is Congress Rethinking the U.S. Embargo of Cuba?

Bipartisan Bill To End Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives           

On July 28 Representatives Tom Emmer (Rep., MN) and Kathy Castor (Dem., FL) introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 (H.R.3238) to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The bill is cosponsored by Republican Representatives Ralph Abraham (LA), Justin Amash (MI), Charles Boustany, Jr. (LA), Reid Ribble (WI) and Mark Sanford (SC).[1] According to Emmer, … Continue reading Bipartisan Bill To End Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives           

Bills To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives

Two bills to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba have been filed in the House of Representatives, but so far nothing in the Senate. [1] This post will examine the status of those two bills and the positions on the embargo of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators and Representatives  The Current Bills To End the Embargo  On … Continue reading Bills To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba Introduced in House of Representatives

Congressional Bipartisan Bills for Reversal of U.S. Policies Regarding Cuba 

This year two bipartisan congressional bills have been filed to reverse two U.S. policies regarding Cuba. The most recent one would improve U.S. travel to the island while the other would abolish the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Improve U.S. Travel to Cuba[1]  On July 23, 2019, H.R. 3960 (Freedom for Americans To Travel to Cuba) … Continue reading Congressional Bipartisan Bills for Reversal of U.S. Policies Regarding Cuba 

U.S. Reactions to New U.S. Anti-Cuba Policies 

U.S. objections to the new U.S. policies regarding Cuba (and Venezuela and Nicaragua) have been registered by a Bloomberg News editorial; by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; by Representative Eliot Engel, the Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and other representatives and by groups and individuals outside the government. They will be discussed … Continue reading U.S. Reactions to New U.S. Anti-Cuba Policies 

Conferences About Continued U.S.-Cuba Cooperation on Various Issues 

This past week there have been two gatherings in Washington, D.C. focused on promoting U.S.-Cuba collaboration on various projects. Environmental Sustainability and Historic Preservation[1]  The first conference was on June 4, Advancing Environmental Sustainability and Historic Preservation in Cuba, that was organized by the Center for International Policy and the Ocean Doctor organizations. It explored … Continue reading Conferences About Continued U.S.-Cuba Cooperation on Various Issues