Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Conn. Rep. Urges End to Cuba Sanctions

The Houston Chronicle

June 5, 2007, 1:38PM

By ANDREW MIGA Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said Tuesday her recent trip to Cuba reinforced her view that lifting the decades-old U.S. trade and travel sanctions against the communist-run island could spur economic benefits for both countries.

"I believe we should lift the restrictions, change the economic equation between our nations," DeLauro said in a conference call with reporters. "If we do not act, we are going to lose our competitive advantage to China, Venezuela, Vietnam and many in Europe."

Connecticut's egg and oyster industries could be among the beneficiaries if trade restrictions are eased, DeLauro said.

"Those are two areas of opportunity, I think, for Connecticut," said DeLauro, who heads a House subcommittee on food and farm spending.

DeLauro headed a five-member bipartisan group of House members, including lawmakers from Louisiana, Arkansas and North Carolina, who discussed farm trade and met with Cuban officials during a five-day visit last week.

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