Sending Office: Rush, Bobby L.
Supported by: NAACP
Cosponsors (12): Carson, Cohen, Eshoo, Jayapal, Henry C. ‘Hank’ Johnson Jr., Khanna, Barbara Lee, Moore, Norton, Omar, Pocan, Bennie G. Thompson
While considerable progress has been made toward normalizing relations with Cuba, under the current administration we have taken step backwards such as reimposing restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. Measures such as these hurt American citizens,
workers, and industries. I believe that we need to move forward, not backward, and work to create a more cooperative future with Cuba.
This is why I am proud to introduce H.R. 2404, the United States–Cuba Relations Normalization Act. This legislation will open up new markets for U.S. commerce and
bring prosperity to both the American and Cuban peoples.
Cuba’s current merchandise imports total more than $10 billion dollars per year. Every nation in the Western Hemisphere, except for the United States, maintains diplomatic and commercial relations with Cuba. Some of our largest economic competitors and
current trading partners — including Brazil, Canada, China, and the European Union — already conduct considerable amounts of trade with Cuba. China, for example, accounts for over 10 percent of Cuba’s foreign trade.
American workers need jobs which can be realized through greater exports. And, if American companies are to grow and compete more effectively on a global scale, they will need access to emerging international markets like Cuba’s. To promote these ends,
Congress should legalize travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba, which would open up pathways to normalization of trade with Cuba.
My bill will increase tangible economic opportunities for American businesses, manufacturers, and agricultural interests by:
- Lifting current restrictions on trade and other relations with Cuba;
- Authorizing American telecommunications carriers to install, maintain, and repair telecommunications equipment, services, and facilities in Cuba;
- Authorizing travel to and from Cuba to all individuals and authorizing transactions incidental to travel;
- Authorizing direct mail delivery to Cuba;
- Urging the President to take all necessary steps to conduct negotiations with the Government of Cuba to settle claims of U.S. nationals against Cuba for the taking of property and secure protection of internationally recognized human rights;
- Extending nondiscriminatory trade treatment to Cuba;
- Allowing unlimited monetary remittances to Cuba; and
- Removing Cuba from the State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.
I invite you to join me in taking the next step in forging a mutually beneficial relationship with Cuba. To learn more or become a cosponsor please contact Nishith Pandya in my office at Nishith.Pandya@mail.house.gov.
Bobby L. Rush
Member of Congress
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