Member Comments

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On February 10, 2009, Miguel Gonzalez wrote:

Cuba Embargo: ENOUGH !

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On February 10, 2009, TravelCubaNow wrote:

It’s about time, I’ve already written my congressman and told him to support HR 874.

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On February 11, 2009, abh wrote:

Yes, let’s do this! I called as well.

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On February 15, 2009, publisher wrote:

Is this bill a “trial balloon” now followed by this “trial balloon” regarding Cuba policy from US News and World Report?

Cuba’s President Castro Sends Positive Signals to the New Obama Administration

U.S. officials note the change in tone by Raul Castro and his ailing brother, Fidel

By Thomas Omestad

The Obama administration has taken note of remarks both by Cuban President Raul Castro and by his brother, former President Fidel Castro, expressing, in part, positive sentiments about Barack Obama and the significance of his presidency, according to a senior State Department official. Both Castros, using somewhat different language, have said they view Obama as intelligent and sincere in wanting to change U.S. foreign policy and see his presidency as historic.

The Castros’ remarks have come since the U.S. election and have continued occasionally in interviews, comments to the media, and, in the case of Fidel Castro, his frequent articles in the Cuban press. “I think the statements are important. They’ve registered,” said the State Department official.

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On February 16, 2009, abh wrote:

I had seen this and do not recall ever seeing anything like this in the past.  Positive signals between high up US officials and high up Cuban officials???  Imagine that!  This is good news.  It shows that the relationship between the countries during the Obama administration will be different than with any past US president.

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On February 16, 2009, publisher wrote:

Hey folks,

The Senate has just introduced its version of the freedom to travel to Cuba bill.

Seems like a coordinated effort? Perhaps President Obama will be turning to foreign policy once he gets past the economic issues?

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On March 31, 2009, Erick Mendez wrote:

I am very pleased to hear RON PAUL supporting H.R.874; however, I am still worried about the “EXCEPTIONS” section of the bill.  The bill is a productive step to the right direction, but needs more explanations and examples as to the “EXCEPTIONS” section.  However, it would be better if the two clauses regarding public health and public safety were removed.  Besides, this gives too much power to the executive branch and none to the States or the Congress.