Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
"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
Experts Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically.
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
MA, Political Science, University of Florida, 1990
BA, Political Science, University of Florida, 1988