Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa





Grassley on U.S. Changes Toward Cuba

Dec 17, 2014

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on President Obama’s announcement of eased economic and diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.  

“This policy change is a gift for the Cuban government that has done nothing to provide basic, fundamental human rights to the Cuban people.  According to our own Department of State, the authoritarian regime led by the Castros for decades ‘has severely restricted fundamental freedoms, repressed political opponents, and violated human rights.’ Today’s announcement of eased economic and diplomatic relations is not a result of democratic or economic reforms or a newfound respect for human rights or religious freedom.  This decision rewards a brutal regime without any significant commitment toward change for the oppressed Cuban people.”