WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, the chief author of the bipartisan bill lifting the trade embargo restrictions against Cuba, issued the following statement on the agreement between the United States and Cuba to resume commercial air travel between the two countries:

"Resuming commercial flights between the United States and Cuba will help bring our relationship with Cuba into the 21st century after more than 50 years of failed isolation. This announcement will allow more Americans to seek travel and commerce opportunities on an island that is only 90 miles from our shore. To continue this momentum, Congress should pass my bipartisan bill to lift the embargo so that we can boost U.S. exports and allow Cubans greater access to American goods."

Klobuchar is leading the bipartisan Freedom to Export to Cuba Act—which currently has 23 Senate cosponsors. The bill lifts the current embargo and allows more U.S. goods to be exported to Cuba. The bill would eliminate the legal barriers to Americans doing business in Cuba, boosting job creation and exports. It does not repeal provisions of current law that address human rights in Cuba or that allow individuals and businesses to pursue claims against the Cuban government. Klobuchar attended the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba with Secretary of State John Kerry in August. She also recently testified before the International Trade Commission to highlight the benefits of lifting the trade embargo with Cuba.