Connie Mack on Cuba

Last Updated : Oct 11, 2012

Summary

Congressman Mack strongly opposes the Castro regime and opposes lifting the ban on travel to Cuba. When discussing teh Fidel Castro regime, Congressman Mack stated that he had brutalized the people of Cuba and squashed their dreams of a free, secure and prosperous life for nearly 50 years.

Transfer of Power

When Fidel Castro transferred power to his brother, Congressman Mack stated that although Castro’s brother Raul will likely succeed to the presidency and continue to rule Cuba as a dictator, Castro’s resignation brings hope that freedom and democracy will once again – and soon – prevail in Cuba.

The Embargo

In 2009, Congressman Mack reacted to actions taken by President Obama to lift the embargo by stating that this would be a bail out the dictatorship. He asserted that Cuba’s economic crisis is the result of the abysmal failure of communism and that the United States must remain steadfast as a beacon of freedom as we work to free the Cuban people from the clutches of the Castros’ dictatorship.

The Travel Ban

At a 2009 hearing on Cuba and lifting the travel ban, Congressman Mack stated that instead of holding a hearing on the human rights conditions in Cuba, the committee decided to hold a hearing on how fast Americans can make a reservation on Orbitz so that they can spend a night in Cuban hotels where Cubans aren’t even allowed in – or whether Americans can drink mojitos a few feet away from political prisons. He asserted that the US must remain steadfast in our opposition to the brutal and repressive Castro regime which murders, tortures, rapes, and systematically eliminates any opposition to its iron-fisted rule. He also stated that while some have said opening Cuba to travel would promote political and economic change from the Castros’ oppression nothing could be further from the truth.

Congressman Mack stated that while we all support the right of the Cuban people to live in freedom, and the United States continues to be a beacon of hope and opportunity for oppressed people around the world, appeasing the Castro Brothers with a bailout of U.S. tourist dollars is not the way to bring democracy to Cuba.

 

Statements on Castro

In August of 2006, Congressman Mack issued a press statement noting statements that he had made on Fidel Castro.

 

Statement on Castro's Resignation

In February of 2008, Congressman Mack released a statement noting his reaction to the resignation of Fidel Castro from the ruling position in Cuba.

 

Cuba Proves Communism is Failure

In August of 2009, Congressman Mack issued a press statement noting his view that Cuba proved that communism was a failure.

 

Cuba Deserves to Live in Freedom

In April of 2009, Congressman Mack issued a press statement noting his opposition to a recent annoucement by President Obama to lift the travel ban on Americans to Cuba.

 

US Travel to Cuba will Not Help Freedom

In November of 2009, Congressman Mack issued a statement noting his view that allowing people to travel to Cuba from the US will not advance freedom in Cuba.

 

Opposition to Lifting Travel Ban

In June of 2010, Congressman Mack issued a press statement noting his view that the travel ban should not be lifted as it would allow tourist money to go into Cuba and prop up the Castro regime.

 

Travel Ban and Cubans

Again, in June of 2010, Congressman Mack issued a press statement noting more statements made in opposition to removing the travel ban to Cuba.

 

Postponing Vote

In September of 2010, Congressman Mack issued a press statement noting his support for postponing the vote on the Cuban travel ban.

 

Voting Record

Sense of House - Opposition to Repression

In September of 2005, the House voted on a sense of the House regarding the July, 2005, measures of extreme repression on the part of the Cuban Government against members of Cubas prodemocracy movement. The measure passed 393-31. Connie Mack voted in favor of the sense of the House.

Connie Mack voted in favor of the sense of the House.

Sense of House on assembly

Expressing support to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 1005, in Cuba. The measure passed 392-22. Connie Mack voted in favor of the amendment.

Connie Mack voted in favor of the amendment.

Sense of Congress - Anniversary of Crackdown

Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the two-year anniversary of the human rights crackdown in Cuba Connie Mack voted in favor of the sense of the House.

Connie Mack voted in favor of the sense of the House.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-H R 5292; Aliens and Cuban Petroleum - Cosponsor

To exclude from admission to the United States aliens who have made investments contributing to the enhancement of the ability of Cuba to develop its petroleum resources, and for other purposes.

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