Last updated on: 4/25/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, MA Biography

Title:
Member of the US House of Representatives (D-FL)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“Declaring the embargo a failure and using it as justification to reopen trade and relations ignores the fact that the Cuban economy is on its knees. The paltry changes we’ve seen (allowing Cubans to buy and sell some goods) have been necessitated by their economic crisis. Ending the embargo now not only ignores the atrocities perpetrated by the Castro regime, it also hands the Cuban government a huge financial boost at the exact moment they need and want it most.

Friendship and an economic relationship with our nation must be earned, and Cubans deserve the freedom, democracy and human rights they lack. Until Cuba has demonstrated meaningful progress, unilateral changes in American policy would undeniably reward horrific behavior.”

“Opposing View on Cuba: Don’t Reward Atrocities,” USA Today, Nov. 26, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairperson, Democratic National Committee, 2011-present
  • Member, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, 2011-present
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-FL), 2005-present
  • Ranking member, Legislative Branch Subcommittee, House Committee on Appropriations
  • Member, House Appropriations Subcommittee, State and Foreign Operations Committee
  • Co-Chair, Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, 2007
  • Member, Florida State Senate, 2000-2004
  • Member, Florida State House of Representatives, 1992-2000
  • State congressional staff aide to Rep. Peter Deutsch, 1989-1992
Education:
  • MA, Political Science, University of Florida, 1990
  • BA, Political Science, University of Florida, 1988
Other:
  • First Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?