Bipartisan congressional letter calls on Obama to reaffirm U.S. commitment to freedom in Cuba
Bipartisan Congressional Letter to Obama: Reaffirm Commitment to U.S. Policy Towards Cuba
A bipartisan group of 17 Members of Congress has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reaffirm his support of U.S. policy towards Cuba, as codified into law.
The letter, led by U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House's Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, is composed mostly of Democrats.
It raises concerns about the Castro regime's increase in repression, its illegal smuggling of weapons to North Korea, continued imprisonment of development worker Alan Gross and ties to other state-sponsors of terrorism.
The letter concludes: "We hope that you will affirm to us, in no uncertain terms, that you remain committed to longstanding U.S. policy which supports the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom while denying the pretense of legitimacy, and access to dollars, to their oppressors."
Signatories include all of the Cuban-American House Members, U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Joe Garcia (D-FL); the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL); the Chair of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ); and senior Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats, U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), William Keating (D-MA) and Lois Frankel (D-FL).
Read the letter here.