Obama may release his new Cuba sanctions policy tomorrow against the apartheid Castro regime


There are rumors going around that tomorrow, President Obama may release his new sanctions policy against the apartheid regime of the Castro family in Cuba, which one assumes is intended to work hand-in-hand with his complete appeasement and unilateral concessions to the brutally repressive regime. Of course, there is this bipartisan piece of legislation that was passed by congress called the Helms-Burton Act that severely limits a president from modifying, easing, or lifting sanctions against the Castro regime without a congressional vote. Unfortunately, the legislation says nothing about limiting a self-appointed king who believes he is not bound by such banal and antiquated notions like the Constitution and the rule of law and instead hands out “executive orders” like edicts.

Nevertheless, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Dan Coates (R-IN) have sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew asking him to explain just how the president expects to lawfully follow through with his plan to ease sanctions against the terrorists supporting Castro regime:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dan Coats (R-IN) today called on Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew to detail how the Department of the Treasury plans to lawfully implement President Obama’s announcement to unilaterally normalize relations with Cuba.

In a letter to Secretary Lew, Rubio and Coats expressed concern over “stark differences between the letter of the law and the Administration’s announcement,” and urged the Treasury Department to clarify the Obama Administration’s legal authority regarding its intentions to ease U.S. sanctions on Cuba.

“We are deeply concerned that several aspects of the President Obama’s new approach to Cuba, especially those related to unilaterally easing U.S. sanctions, violate the letter and spirit of several U.S. laws, and increase the moral and financial risk to the American taxpayer and financial system of doing business through Cuba’s government-controlled financial system,” the senators wrote. “We ask that you explain in detail how the Treasury Department plans to implement the President’s announcement under current law.

“On December 17, the President announced that ‘U.S. institutions will be permitted to open correspondent accounts at Cuban financial institutions to facilitate the processing of authorized transactions,’” the senators added. “As you know, Section 7207 of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSREEA) explicitly prohibits U.S. assistance and financing to Cuba. Moreover, it contains no Presidential waiver.”

A PDF of the letter is available here.

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