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S. 249: United States-Cuba Trade Act of 2021

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With the pandemic obliterating tourism, Cuba is seeing their largest protests in decades over lack of food, medicine, and other goods. Can the U.S. trade embargo — which makes it more difficult for Americans to help the Cuban economy by, for example, drinking Cuban rum or smoking Cuban cigars — really be ethical in this circumstance?


Former leader Fidel Castro officially declared Cuba a Communist state in 1961. The next year, President John F. Kenedy issued a trade embargo against the country. That policy still exists today because Cuba remains a Communist state, one of only five remaining in the world. (Although one of them is China, the world’s most populous country.)

Although President Barack Obama eased some aspects of the embargo, such as allowing more imports …

Sponsor and status

Ron Wyden

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2021
Length: 13 pages
Feb 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 4, 2021

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3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 4, 2021

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