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NFTC & USA*Engage Welcome Senate Appropriations Committee Passage of Cuba Amendments
Date: 6/17/2016
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington, DC – Today, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and USA*Engage welcomed Senate Appropriations Committee approval of a series of positive Cuba amendments. Richard Sawaya, NFTC Vice President and Director of USA*Engage, released the following statement:

"We applaud Senators Boozman, Tester, Leahy, Moran, Udall and Collins for their leadership in offering amendments to the FY 2017 appropriations bill that further build on efforts to strengthen U.S.-Cuba relations.

"Steps forward such as those taken through Senate Appropriations Committee approval of these amendments are the foundation upon which the United States can work to fully reestablish commercial and diplomatic relations with Cuba.

"We look forward to working with members of Congress and the Administration on these incremental advances, with the ultimate goal of putting an end to the unilateral U.S. embargo."


About the NFTC

USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.

About the NFTC

Serving America's Global Businesses Since 1914 - The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules- based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.

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