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Rush Reintroduces Legislation To Normalize Relations With Cuba

June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that he has reintroduced legislation to normalize relations with the Republic of Cuba. The United States–Cuba Relations Normalization Act (H.R.3625) would lift the trade embargo and remove restrictions on commerce and travel.

"The United States' six-decade trade embargo with Cuba is a failed policy that is out of line with our values and national interest. I have long advocated for the United States to establish a full diplomatic and trade relationship with Cuba, and I remain committed to fostering strong U.S.–Cuba relations and undoing decades of disastrous policy, including, most recently, the Trump administration's harmful and counterproductive ‘strategy' of increased hostility and reduced engagement," said Rush.

"Lifting the embargo and removing restrictions on commerce and travel with Cuba is good for U.S. consumers and our economy, good for Cuban Americans, and good for the people of Cuba who are actively being denied access to medicine, food, and freedoms. I am encouraged by the promises that candidate Joe Biden made during his campaign for president to reverse Trump administration policies that ‘have inflicted harm on the Cuban people and done nothing to advance democracy and human rights.' I hope to see the Biden administration follow through and work to establish a full diplomatic and trade relationship with Cuba."

In March, Rush led more than 75 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to take swift executive action to reverse the Trump administration's draconian policies toward Cuba, return to the diplomatic path charted by the Obama–Biden administration, and pursue an ultimate end to the economic embargo.

The full text of Congressman Rush's bill is available HERE.