Every year, there are certain members of Congress that attach proposals to bills in an attempt to lift the embargo against Cuba. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AR), among others, all had provisions for bills to lift the sanctions against the communist nation this time around. All were defeated yesterday:
WASHINGTON – Reversing years of congressional votes that showed supporters of easing U.S. sanctions on Cuba gaining strength, the House on Thursday rejected three such proposals and gave a categorical win to supporters of a tough line on Havana.
The embargo and the travel restrictions and sanctions have been argued here ad infinitum, yet critics of the sanctions rarely mention, or disregard the fact that dissident groups in Cuba have shown support US policy.
Both opponents and supporters of the sanctions credited the turnaround on a determined lobbying drive by Cuban-American lawmakers and the entreaties made by dissidents in the communist-ruled island such as Martha Beatriz Roque, who recently addressed the Congress members on a phone link from Havana.
I wont editorialze further in this issue today, if you are familiar with this blog you know exactly where I stand, but I do recommend that you read the entire Herald article.