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 following the administration's announcement of regulatory changes to ease travel to Cuba:

"I am glad that the Administration has eased some of the restrictions that get in the way of Americans visiting Cuba and doing business there.  The next step is for Congress to lift the fifty-three-year-old embargo by passing my bipartisan bill so that American goods can be sold in Cuba without onerous shipping and financial restrictions.  We already have 22 cosponsors with more on the way."