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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

03-HR1698 on Apr 9, 2003

Bill Sponsorship: ending the Cuban embargo
Source: Cuban Embargo bill (H.R.1698)
SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Rep. PAUL: This bill lifts the harmful and counterproductive US embargo on Cuba. The sanctions have failed to remove Castro from power, and other nations are unwilling to respect the embargo.

I oppose economic sanctions for two very simple reasons. First, they don't work as effective foreign policy. Time after time, from Cuba to China to Iraq, we have failed to unseat despotic leaders by refusing to trade with the people of those nations. If anything, the anti-American sentiment aroused by sanctions often strengthens the popularity of such leaders. While sanctions may serve our patriotic fervor, they mostly harm innocent citizens and do nothing to displace the governments we claim as enemies.

Second, sanctions simply hurt American industries, particularly agriculture. Every market we close to our nation's farmers is a market exploited by foreign farmers. China, Russia, North Korea, and Cuba all represent huge markets for our farm products, yet many in Congress favor trade restrictions that prevent our farmers from selling to the billions of people in these countries.

I certainly understand the emotional feelings many Americans have toward nations such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Cuba. Yet we must not let our emotions overwhelm our judgment in foreign policy matters, because ultimately human lives are at stake. Economic common sense, self-interested foreign policy goals, and humanitarian ideals all point to the same conclusion: Congress should work to end economic sanctions against all nations immediately.

The legislation I introduce today is representative of true free trade in that while it opens trade, it prohibits the US taxpayer from being compelled to subsidize the US government, the Cuban government or individuals or entities that choose to trade with Cuban citizens.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Committee on Immigration & Border Security; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: End the Cuban embargo
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to end the Cuban embargo

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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 03-HR1698

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri Democrat 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois Democrat 
Jim Turner s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 



Republicans participating in 03-HR1698

Jeff Flake s1oArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Ron Paul s2pPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Jim Ramstad s1oMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Ed Whitfield s1oKentucky Republican 



Independents participating in 03-HR1698



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0


















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