Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Travels to Cuba with President Obama

Mar 20, 2016
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined President Barack Obama’s delegation to Havana, Cuba in support of the President’s continued efforts to engage and empower the Cuban people.

President Obama will be the first American President since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 to visit Cuba; President Coolidge traveled to Cuba on a U.S. battleship.

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced — along with President Raúl Castro of Cuba — that the United States and Cuba would begin a new chapter and take steps to normalize relations. Now, the President is taking the next steps to renew U.S. relations and end an outdated approach on Cuba, and promote more effective change that supports the Cuban people and national security interests.

“We want to open up more opportunities for U.S. businesses and travelers to engage with Cuba, and we want the Cuban government to open up more opportunities for its people to benefit from that engagement and remove restrictions that aim to dictate to Americans where they can travel,” said Rush.

In April 2009 Rush joined six other members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on a mission to seek expanded trade opportunities for American businesses. Rush was a cosponsor of H. R. 874, “The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2009. H.R. 874 was legislation that would end the ban on travel by Americans to Cuba. Rush was one of three U.S. officials to meet with former Cuban President Fidel Castro and current President Raúl Castro.