New Jersey Senate Resolution: "Profound Disagreement" With Obama's Cuba Deal

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By a vote of 24-3, the New Jersey Senate passed the following resolution against President Obama's Cuba deal.

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 108
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
216th LEGISLATURE

A SENATE RESOLUTION expressing profound disagreement with the decision of the President of the United States to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

WHEREAS, On December 17, 2014, the President of the United States announced that this country would restore full diplomatic relations with the nation of Cuba after more than 50 years of unconcealed hostility; and

WHEREAS, Cuba has been under the crushing yoke of a brutal communist dictatorship since 1959, led first by Fidel Castro and more recently by his brother Raul; and

WHEREAS, The actions of the Castro brothers have resulted in the impoverishment of the Cuban people, and the complete and blatant disregard of human rights and democratic principles by the government of that Caribbean nation; and

WHEREAS, Cuba under the Castros has been an active and ominous threat to the vital interests of this nation and all peace-loving countries, as members of Cuba’s military and diplomatic corps have worked assiduously through the years to promote violent, anti-democratic revolutions in different parts of the world; and

WHEREAS, The diplomatic initiative announced by the President involved the release of U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross by Cuba after five years of detention due to the absurd and unfounded allegation of being a spy, and the release by the United States of three convicted Cuban spies linked to terroristic activities in this country; and

WHEREAS, Numerous respected public federal and State officials, both Democratic and Republican, have denounced this move by President Obama and believe strongly that it will do nothing to free the Cuban people from the poverty and injustice they have suffered for more than half a century and that it will only serve to support a tottering and bankrupt dictatorship; and

WHEREAS, Residents of New Jersey are very familiar with the viciousness of the Castro regime because the State has become the home of thousands of Cuban-born men and women who fled from a regime intent on stealing their property and putting them at the service of a brutal military government, and who know first-hand how the Castro brothers have destroyed the culture and economic vitality of their homeland; and

WHEREAS, It is fitting and proper for this House to express profound disagreement with the decision of the President of the United States to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:

1. This House expresses profound disagreement with the decision of the President of the United States to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

2. Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of the Senate, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the President of the United States, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and to every member of Congress elected thereto from this State.