Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Republican Congressman Jerry Moran from Kansas introduced a Bill (HR 1737) in the House of Representatives yesterday with the title Agricultural Export Facilitation Act of 2009. It is designed to facilitate the sale of United States agricultural products to Cuba, as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.
The Bill has been referred to a number of committees for review:
Committee on Foreign Affairs
The Farm Futures news summarizes that the Bill will “improve the ability of U.S. agriculture producers to market their products to Cuba”.
Rep. Moran states “Cuba is an important market for U.S. agriculture, as well as for manufacturers and distributors of food products, but the actions of our own government have created a climate of uncertainty and have inhibited the sale of agricultural goods. Our unreliable and uncertain trade policies are sending the signal to Cuba that it is easier to purchase its products elsewhere.”
A change by the Treasury Department to the cash payment in advance rule caused payments for agriculture exports to be made before ships leave U.S. ports rather than upon delivery.
Co-sponsors of this Bill are:
Rep Berry, Marion [AR-1] - 3/26/2009
Rep Boozman, John [AR-3] - 3/26/2009
Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-7] - 3/26/2009
Rep Brown, Henry E., Jr. [SC-1] - 3/26/2009
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] - 3/26/2009
Rep Davis, Lincoln [TN-4] - 3/26/2009
Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] - 3/26/2009
Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] - 3/26/2009
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] - 3/26/2009
Rep Flake, Jeff [AZ-6] - 3/26/2009
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 3/26/2009
Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] - 3/26/2009
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] - 3/26/2009
Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] - 3/26/2009
Rep Snyder, Vic [AR-2] - 3/26/2009
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] - 3/26/2009
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] - 3/26/2009
The text of the Bill has not yet been published.