Rush Statement on Withdrawal of Cuba-Related Amendments
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement subsequent to his withdrawing two Cuba-related amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Division of H.R. 7617.
“Normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba has, and will continue to be, a top priority so long as I am a Member of Congress. I have repeatedly introduced legislation to lift trade restrictions on Cuba and alleviate the economic harm being suffered by its citizens as a result of years of disastrous policy. That is exactly why I introduced these Cuba-related amendments to the House Appropriations package: to further address these issues and improve our relationship with our closest neighbor.
“However, upon further consideration and conversations with my Congressional colleagues, I have determined that these amendments are unlikely to be adopted by the Senate or signed into law by the President. I believe it best to withdraw these amendments from consideration at this time as we seek to broaden our coalition of support around this issue.
“My commitment to strengthening U.S.–Cuba relations remains as strong as ever, and I am proud to know that by filing these amendments, we have revitalized discussions on the best path forward between our two nations. I thank my colleagues for their commitment to work with me on these issues in the coming months and look forward to them joining me in this critical endeavor.”