Trustee Election
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  • CUBAN EMBARGO
  • IRAN SANCTIONS
  • NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS
Winning Issue » CUBAN EMBARGO


With Fidel Castro's revolution in 1959, Cuba ended nearly 500 years of Spanish and United States influence. Our unsuccessful Bay of Pigs revolt against this revolutionary took place in 1961 after we broke diplomatic relations with his government. Cuba then allowed the Soviet Union to build missile installations on their soil before President Kennedy talked Premier Khrushchev into abandoning this plan. When attempts to overthrow and assassinate Castro failed, we tried to destabilize his regime with an embargo that has lasted 50 years. These steps failed to remove Fidel from power and he designated his brother Raul to take over when he became ill in 2006. Raul won presidential elections in 2011 and 2013 but has stated he will not run for reelection in 2018. Embargo supporters, many of whom are ex-Cuban nationals living in Florida, claim the Castros are a danger to our nation and the Cuban people. Embargo critics say Cuba has not been a threat since the fall of the Soviet Union and that our embargo serves no purpose. They claim Cubans are suffering because of our past military and diplomatic policies. Many claim normalizing relations with Cuba would allow us to more easily assist the Cuban government as it moves towards capitalism and true democracy. In agreement, President Obama exchanged prisoners and has recently established official diplomatic relations with Cuba, announcing our two nations were reopening their embassies after 56 years. This action will facilitate travel and trade with Cuba but Congressional approval is required to lift the economic embargo and permit tourism.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.274 - United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015
H.R.634 - Export Freedom to Cuba Act of 2015



Options


  • I oppose reforming current Cuban Embargo policy and wish to defeat H.R.274 - United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015 and H.R.634 - Export Freedom to Cuba Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support repealing the embargo on trade with Cuba; removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism; amending the Internal Revenue Code to terminate the denial of the foreign tax credit; ending agricultural and medical export restrictions; establishing telecommunications and postal services, and wish to pass H.R.274 - United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Ed Royce (CA) and/or Rep. Bobby Rush (IL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents, or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel, if such travel would be lawful in the United States, relating to: (1) accompanied personal baggage; (2) payment of living expenses and the acquisition of personal-use goods or services; (3) travel arrangements; (4) nonscheduled air, sea, or land voyage transactions (such provision does not permit the carriage of articles other than accompanied baggage into Cuba or the United States); and (5) normal banking transactions, and wish to pass H.R.634 - Export Freedom to Cuba Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC) and/or , or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support repealing the embargo on trade with Cuba; removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism; amending the Internal Revenue Code to terminate the denial of the foreign tax credit; ending agricultural and medical export restrictions; establishing telecommunications and postal services, and wish to pass H.R.274 - United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Ed Royce (CA) and/or Rep. Bobby Rush (IL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Ed Royce (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.274 - United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Bobby Rush (IL) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.274 - United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. Bobby Rush, IL
Status (7):
House Foreign Affairs Committee
Chairman: Rep. Ed Royce, CA
House Ways and Means Committee
Chairman: Rep. Paul Ryan, WI
House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman: Rep. Fred Upton, MI
House Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Robert Goodlatte, VA
House Financial Services Committee
Chairman: Rep. Jeb Hensarling, TX
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Chairman: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT
House Agriculture Committee
Chairman: Michael Conaway, TX


If elected as a trustee, LAWG will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for ending the Cuban Embargo and promoting normal relations between Cuba and the U.S.

The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) amplifies activists' voices in the halls of power in Washington, DC. It connects with activists across the United States and offers tools that they need to expand their ability to influence U.S. foreign policy. Founded in 1983, LAWG leads one of the nation's longest-standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. LAWG and its sister organization, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, work with over 60 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations to directly influence decision makers in Washington DC. LAWG is a trusted voice in Congress. It has guided our nation's representatives to change U.S. policies towards Latin America and promote human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development throughout the region. LAWG’s efforts led to easing of restrictions on the sale of food and medicine to Cuba and restrictions on the right of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020