Friday, April 17, 2009

Request to Change Federal Policy to Enhance Cuban Trade

I have sent a letter to the administration requesting two changes in federal policy that will enhance trade relationships between the U.S. and Cuba. First, a Texas airport should be authorized to provide direct flights between Texas and Cuba. Second, we need to increase opportunities for Cubans to travel to the U.S. for agribusiness, educational opportunities and medical trade purposes.

While I disagree with Cuba’s political philosophy, I believe by expanding relations with our island neighbor, Cubans can see the success of democracy and embrace a free market society, and at the same time, Texans will benefit through job growth. It is important to review our Cuba policy, but its critical Cuban leaders begin reforming their government before the embargo is completely lifted.

Here is a story that recently appeared on KXAN News.

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