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NTFC Applauds Cuba Language in Omnibus Bill and Recommendations in Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Report
Date: 3/3/2009

Washington, DC The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today sent a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Richard Lugar, endorsing language on Cuba currently contained in the omnibus appropriations bill, which would authorize travel for the agriculture community. The NFTC also expressed support for a number of recommendations made in the committee's Staff Trip report, titled "Changing Cuba Policy In the United States National Interest," including:

Congressional action to lift all current U.S. travel restrictions;

Diplomatic engagement with Cuba, including the resumption of bilateral talks on drug interdiction and migration;

Reengaging Cuba in international forums, including the Organization of American States;

Easing restrictions to facilitate legal agricultural trade and to allow medical trade consistent with the intent of Congress; and

Easing restrictions to permit trade and investment between Cuba and the United States, including investments in alternative energy and allowing U.S. imports from Cuba.

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