Ros-Lehtinen: Removing Cuba’s terrorist regime from State Sponsors list does not lift sanctions codified in law

From the offices of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):

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Any Legislation Regarding Cuba Must Be Substantive And Have Significant Legal Effect, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“Removing Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list does not truly lift significant sanctions as many sanctions remain codified in law.”

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement on the decision not to file a resolution regarding President Obama’s announced removal of Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terror list. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“My colleagues and I are concentrating our efforts on promoting legislation that will hold the Castro regime accountable for its nefarious activities. We plan to file broader legislation regarding Cuba that will help ensure that U.S. national security is protected and that our country continues to advocate for human rights on the island. Removing Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list does not truly lift significant sanctions as many sanctions remain codified in law.

“A joint resolution to repeal would not have the practical effect of comprehensively blocking the de-listing from each applicable law that many assumed it would. Of the three statutes that authorize the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, the Arms Control Export Act (AECA) contains the legislative mechanism for Congress to block a delisting, but not under the Export Administration Act (EAA) nor the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA), which do not contain such a mechanism. Instead, we are working to ensure that any legislation passed through Congress that relates to Cuba is substantive and will have significant legal effect.”