Western Hemisphere Chair: Obama's Policy a Reward to Cuba's Dictatorship

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Congressman Duncan Releases Statement on the Obama Administration’s New Cuba Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) issued the following statement on the recently issued regulations regarding the recent policy change towards Cuba:

I remain deeply concerned with the Obama Administration’s decision to circumvent Congress by disregarding existing U.S. law through Executive Action in an attempt to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The Castro regime has not changed its ideology or practices. It remains Communist. It continues to abuse and oppress the Cuban people. It continues to support terrorist organizations, proliferate weapons to countries like North Korea, and to facilitate the operations of Iran, Russia, and China in the Western Hemisphere. Although Cuba released 53 political prisoners over the weekend, thousands more continue to languish in Cuban jails.

The Administration’s announcement today of new Executive rules to significantly weaken the U.S. embargo against the Cuban regime through allowing greater U.S. trade and travel will only secure more funds for the Cuban Government, leaving the average Cuban citizen with very little economic improvements. President Obama’s action is a reward to a Communist dictatorship at the expense of the Cuban people, and I find it disgraceful that under this Administration, the U.S. – a bulwark for freedom against tyranny since our country’s inception – would seek to appease an autocratic Government so publicly opposed to liberty.  I look forward to conducting vigorous Congressional oversight of the Administration’s actions through my role as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.”