Bustos, Durbin support ending trade embargo with Cuba

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

After traveling with President Barack Obama to Cuba this week, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos pushed for an end to the 1960 trade embargo and an increase in agricultural trade.

During his trip, Obama called for an end to the trade embargo, which Durbin, D-Springfield, believes could pass the Senate if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, gave lawmakers two or three days on the floor to decide.

Despite the embargo, the U.S. has been trading agricultural products with Cuba since 2000. However, Bustos, D-East Moline, said the U.S. has gone from providing Cuba with 50 percent of its agricultural products to 10 percent. She believes that the U.S. should be able to dominate that market. Durbin said Cubans are well positioned to grow and export organic products to the United States, as they do not use chemicals in their growing process.