WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have issued a letter backed by seven Republican senators to President Barack Obama affirming their commitment to work to expand trade and travel between the United States and Cuba. The letter – also signed by U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Boozman (R-AR), and Susan Collins (R-ME) – marks the public emergence of a coalition of GOP senators intent on ensuring Congress plays an integral role in reforming and modernizing U.S.-Cuba policy.
“Our hope is that changes to the current trade and travel relationship will advance our goal of bolstering the vulnerable private sector and increasing entrepreneurship while decreasing the role of state-controlled enterprises,” wrote the Republican senators.
“With the significance of your recent announcements related to Cuba, we look forward to Congress turning its attention toward modernizing U.S.-Cuba policy to the benefit of U.S. citizens and the Cuban people alike. Congress must play an integral role in reforming our policy toward Cuba.”
The signed letter can be viewed HERE.