Ros-Lehtinen Responds To Announcement of New Cuba Regulations

Nov 8, 2017

Ros-Lehtinen Responds To Announcement of New Cuba Regulations

(Washington, DC) – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs made the following statement today after the announcement of new regulations on doing business with the Castro regime. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

 “The announcement of the new Cuba regulations is a positive step forward but still leaves much to be desired as many of the dangerous and disastrous regulations put forth during the Obama administration unfortunately remain intact. I welcome the issuance of new regulations on prohibiting doing business with the Castro regime’s military and intelligence services, including its private sector front companies, which continue to use their financial windfall to further oppress the Cuban people. Clamping down on the economic lifelines to the oppressors and their handpicked military leaders will help weaken their hold on the reins of power.

“The carve outs in the regulations and the acceptance of this false narrative of a Cuban private sector are disappointing. As the administration is examining blocking the sale of planes to Iran, it should have a uniform policy against these rogue regimes. So it is concerning that the new Cuba regulations will allow businesses with existing contractual arrangements to move forward at the expense of the Cuban people and this will only assist the tyrannical regime.       

“Let me be clear: there is no truly independent private sector under a communist dictatorial regime because the regime controls all aspects of society. We also need to resolve the matter of confiscated U.S. property claims that impacts our own U.S. national interests.”