U.S. Chamber Applauds Bill to Lift Cuba Travel Ban

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 8:00pm

"Ending the travel ban will help bring change to Cuba and business opportunities for American workers," Brilliant Says


U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President Myron Brilliant speaks at a Capitol Hill press conference on travel to Cuba.

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Senior Vice President for International Affairs Myron Brilliant issued the following statement at a Capitol Hill press conference today announcing the introduction of S. 428, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, by Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN):

"The U.S. embargo on Cuba is a 50-year failure, and lifting the ban on travel is a good first step toward a more rational policy. The embargo was implemented to try to bring freedom to Cuba, but it made a martyr out of a tyrant and actually has helped prop up the regime. Cuba's poverty is the direct result of a half century of Marxist mismanagement, but the embargo allows the regime to blame it on the U.S.

"Denying American workers and farmers the chance to sell their goods in Cuba goes against America's values and delivers commercial opportunities to other countries. Ending the travel ban will help bring change to Cuba and business opportunities for American workers and farmers.

"We commend Senators Dorgan, Enzi, Dodd and Lugar for introducing this legislation, and we urge Congress to approve it swiftly."

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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