With Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959, Cuba ended nearly 500 years of Spanish and United States influence. Our unsuccessful Bay of Pigs revolt against this revolutionary took place in 1961 after we broke diplomatic relations with his government. Cuba then allowed the Soviet Union to build missile installations on their soil before President Kennedy talked Premier Khrushchev into abandoning this plan. When attempts to overthrow and assassinate Castro failed, we tried to destabilize his regime with an embargo that has lasted 50 years. These steps failed to remove Fidel from power and he designated his brother Raul to take over when he became ill in 2006. Raul won presidential elections in 2011 and 2013 but has stated he will not run for reelection in 2018. Embargo supporters, many of whom are ex-Cuban nationals living in Florida, claim the Castros are a danger to our nation and the Cuban people. Embargo critics say Cuba has not been a threat since the fall of the Soviet Union and that our embargo serves no purpose. They claim Cubans are suffering because of our past military and diplomatic policies. Many claim normalizing relations with Cuba would allow us to more easily assist the Cuban government as it moves towards capitalism and true democracy. President Obama has expressed an interest in negotiating with Cuba to end to the embargo but such an action would require Congressional approval.
H.R.1917 – United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current Cuba Sanctions policy and wish to defeat H.R.1917
I support repealing the embargo on trade with Cuba; removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism; amending the Internal Revenue Code to terminate the denial of the foreign tax credit; ending agricultural and medical export restrictions; establishing telecommunications and postal services, and wish to pass H.R.1917