Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
"In addition to imposing economic pressure on the Castro regime and holding it accountable for actions against U.S. interests, the embargo is a moral stance against the brutal dictatorship. Over the last 50 years, the embargo has served as a constant form of solidarity with the Cuban people. I am ever hopeful that a Cuban Spring will arrive as long as we maintain and enforce policies which support the freedom-loving will of the Cuban people. The embargo will remain in place until free, fair and transparent elections are scheduled, political prisoners are released, and freedom of expression and the press are established."
"Fifty Years Later, Cuban Embargo Demonstrates U.S. Solidarity with Cuban People," House Committee on Foreign Affairs website, Feb. 7, 2012
Experts Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, as well as members of US Congress with significant involvement in or related to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Member, US House of Representatives (R-FL), 1989-present
Recipient, Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), 2013
Recipient, Latino Information & Technology "Campeones" Beacon Award, 2013
Co-Chair, National Marine Sanctuary Caucus
Co-Chair, Congressional Vision Caucus member of the House Committee on Rules
Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and am now
Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.
Member, Florida Senate, 1986-1989
Member, Florida State House of Representatives, 1982-1986
Principal and founder, Eastern Academy
Florida certified teacher
Ed.D, Education, University of Miami, 2004
MS, Education, Florida International University, 1985
BA, Education, Florida International University, 1975