Democrats of the United States returned optimistic from their trip to Cuba
- Submitted by: Camila
- Politics and Government
- 02 / 27 / 2015
The group of Democrats who traveled last week to Havana today relied on "a very strong bipartisan compromise" in Congress in favor of a change in relationships that, in their opinion, will help consolidate the political shift between the two countries.
The lawmakers, led by the leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, reported in a press conference after his trip "enthusiasm" they found in Cuba at the approach of the two nations, and stressed that it is "mutual interest" that the two countries achieve look ahead.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut) said he was optimistic about the possibility to submit a vote in the House of Representatives a bill to lift the trade embargo on the island.
"We could win that vote," said DeLauro, who has worked closely with the Republican opposition, led by Congressman Jeff Flake, to move forward in normalizing relations with Cuba between members of the two parties.
Meanwhile, Congressman Jim McGovern (Massachusetts) called the leaders of both chambers, Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, to submit for consideration the laws that have been presented in recent weeks, first, allow Americans traveling to the island, and on the other end of the trade embargo.
Pelosi insisted that neither she nor her colleagues "are illusions do" with the emergence of the private sector on the island, but made clear that there is a clear opportunity to trade that can be mutually beneficial.
"We can look to the future or to perpetuate in the past," said the leader during his speech, referring to what they consider fifty years of failed policies with Cuba.
The group of Democrats took advantage of his trip to Havana to meet with representatives of civil society, ambassadors from other countries stationed in the island and Cuban officials like Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
This Friday, the delegations of both countries will maintain the second round of talks in Washington, after a first contact in Cuba on 21 and 22 January last.
Mainly, they seek to create a policy framework to accelerate the opening of embassies in the two capitals, allowing them to maintain a more fluid to continue working on bilateral normalization contact.