October 02,2003

Baucus Continues Efforts to Lift Cuba Travel Ban, Embargo

Senator Testifies at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Cuba

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) U.S. Senator Max Baucus today testified at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. policy toward Cuba. Last month the Senator traveled to Cuba and met with Cuban officials including Cuban President Castro, members of the business community, and Cuban dissidents in order to search for solutions that will bring democracy to the small island nation.

Earlier this year, Baucus introduced legislation that would seek to lift the trade embargo against Cuba, and remove travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. Baucus has secured a commitment from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing on his travel legislation this year.

In addition, Baucus helped establish the “Senate Working Group on Cuba," a bipartisan group of Senators who are focused on examining U.S. policies toward Cuba and determining the steps Congress can take to increase trade and strengthen the relationship between the two countries.