Congress Bans U.S.-Cuba Military 'Cooperation'

Friday, May 20, 2016
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the must-pass 2017 National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA") that prohibits military-to-military relations with Cuba's Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces ("MINFAR").

The amendment was presented by U.S. Rep. Ron Desantis (R-FL).

In short, it prohibits any bilateral military-to-military contact, cooperation, or related security conferences between the Governments of the United States and Cuba until the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, certify to the appropriate congressional committees and Congress convincing assurances that the anti-American posture of the Castro regime has undergone a material change.

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) added similar language to Senate version of the bill.

You can read the language here.