Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is expressing great concern in anticipation of President Trump’s scaling back of U.S. – Cuban policies that opened the door to tourism, trade and business opportunities.  The President is expected to announce the details of his policy change in Miami on Friday. 


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Rep. Higgins addressed the issue on the House Floor:

“Mr. Speaker:  Soon President Trump will announce plans to reinstitute an almost 60-year U.S. embargo on Cuba.  This embargo was (announced it would be) lifted by President Obama in 2014 and today over 75% of Americans support continued, normalized relationships with Cuba. 

“The new open relationship with Cuba has helped grow the U.S. economy and the President’s plan to close Cuba will cost the U.S. economy over $6.5 billion. 

“Roswell Park Cancer Institute in my home community of Buffalo, New York is today partnered with the Center for Immunotherapy (Center of Molecular Immunology) in Cuba to clinically test in the United States CIMAvax, a lung-cancer vaccine giving advanced lung cancer patients new hope.  The Roswell Park led clinical trial, approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration was only possible because of normalized relations with Cuba. 

“President Trump wants to destroy that relationship and this Congress needs to stand up to this President on behalf of the millions of Americans who benefit, including millions of cancer patients, from open relationships between the United States and Cuba.”