The Necessity of the US to Advance towards the Dissolution of the Cuban Embargo

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While the U.S. has seemed intent on pushing restrictions on Cuba, pressure from the farm lobbyist called for President Clinton to sign into effect the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export enhancement Act in 2000, essentially relaxing the embargo. This act would allow for the sale of agricultural goods and products to be sold as humanitarian aid to Cuban on a cash basis. However Cuba withheld purchases until the end of 2001. Even then these goods were only purchased by Cuba due to the vast damage on the island created by Hurricane Michelle in November of 2001. The amount of food purchased by Cuba has grown, with America being the primary supplier of food since 2007, with total sales in 2008, amounting to $710 million. The Obama administration pushed congress to ease travel restrictions to Cuba in 2009. March 2009 congress passed provisions in the: “FY2009 omnibus appropriations measure (P.L. 111-8) that eased restrictions on family travel and travel related to marketing and sale of agricultural and medical goods to Cuba. Subsequently, in April 2009, President Obama announced that his Administration would go further and allow unlimited family travel and remittances” (Fas.org, 2). In January of 2011, Obama would further ease restrictions on travel and remittance. These changes would include an increase in travel to Cuba, to include religious, educational, cultural or people-to-people purposes. It also allowed for any citizen of the U.S. to send remittances to non-family members, to include the ability for religious institutions to send money. This has also made for easier travel, as international airport has the ability to apply for a license to charter flights into Cuba. The process has been moving along at a decent pace, showing tha... ... middle of paper ... ...in place has resulting costs, loss of diplomatic ties, and does harm to the U.S. economy as well as the health and well fair of the Cuban people. The embargo continues to cost America a great deal of money, with an estimated amount of up to $4.8 billion a year with the loss of sales and exports, with another $55 billion being allotted by the U.S. congress between 2009 and 2011, and another $20 million was set aside for 2012. These monies are supplied in an ongoing support for political prisoners and their families, humanitarian support, to include medicine, the support of “independent civic, social, and developmental activities by producing technical and material assistance to organize, train, and energize small groups of people within their communities” (USAID), and news and information for the Cuban people which would otherwise be blocked by the Castro regime.

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