In State of the Union last night, President Obama called on Congress to end the embargo
Klobuchar is leading major bipartisan legislation to lift the trade embargo with Cuba and knock down the legal barriers to Americans doing business in Cuba; the legislation already has 22 bipartisan cosponsors with more on the way
WASHINGTON, DC – Following President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is calling on Congress to pass her bipartisan bill to lift the Cuba trade embargo. In his State of the Union Address last night, the president called on Congress to lift the embargo. Klobuchar is leading major bipartisan legislation to lift the trade embargo with Cuba and knock down the legal barriers to Americans doing business in Cuba. The legislation already has 22 cosponsors with more on the way.
“As the president said last night, fifty years of isolating Cuba has not secured our interests and has disadvantaged American businesses and farmers,” Klobuchar said. “Passing my bipartisan bill to lift the embargo would benefit the people of both our countries by boosting U.S. exports and allowing Cubans greater access to American goods. I hope Congress heeds President Obama’s call and moves my critical legislation forward so that we can strengthen our U.S. economy and bring our relationship with Cuba into the 21st century.”
Klobuchar is leading the bipartisan Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, which would lift 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.