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 announcement that President Obama will be traveling to Cuba on March 21st and 22nd:

"The announcement that President Obama will visit Cuba is truly historic. President Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. This visit will continue the progress we’ve made in bringing our relationship with Cuba into the 21st century. After more than 50 years of a failed isolation policy, it is time to change course. The next step is for Congress to pass my bipartisan bill to lift the embargo so that we can boost U.S. exports and allow Cubans greater access to American-made goods and products."

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.