562. 3/21/2003

“March 21, 2003. Dear Senators [Senate Majority Leader Bill] Frist and [Minority Leader Tom] Daschle: We are writing to inform you of our intention to launch the Senate Working Group on Cuba. The Working Group will examine U.S. policies toward Cuba, including current trade and travel restrictions…The U.S. policy places our farmers, workers, and companies at an international competitive disadvantage. By some estimates, the United States loses out on an export market of nearly $1 billion per year. Current U.S. policy also hinders our ability to interact with the Cuban people by restricting American citizens’ right to travel to Cuba. We believe that the American people can have greater influence on Cuban society by developing a relationship with the Cuban people. That is the only way to influence the peaceful transition to democracy and a market-oriented economy. We are pleased with the formation of this group and look forward to working with you on matters related to Cuba.” [Con Embargo]

“U.S. Senators Announce Cuba Working Group,” Cuba Policy Foundation, March 24, 2003

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