Friday, June 16, 2006

Cuba: US House Gains Votes on Ending Embargo

Congressman Rangel offered his traditional amendment to end funding for the enforcement of the whole embargo. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) strongly supported the amendment, pointing out that “the desired outcome by the proponents of the embargo will not be achieved [and] in the process of forcing the embargo, the United States is paradoxically curtailing the freedom of its own citizens and the human rights and the very things for which the government criticizes Cuba.”

“America has to do what works” Congressman Rangel passionately stated. “The embargo is not working any kind of way, and the meanness of it all, to deny Americans an opportunity to visit their families in Cuba , or to restrict it to once every three years…is not the American way of life.”

Although both members spoke strongly against the decades old embargo, the amendment was defeated 183 - 245. But Congressman Rangel gained ground; last year the vote lost 169-250. To see how your member voted this year, log onto: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll284.xml.

2 Comments:

Blogger City Troll said...

The embargo will never be lifted as long as Castro is alive period.

Nor Should it.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Mark D. Glesne said...

Creepy or not, the Troll may have a point.

7:43 PM  

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