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Congresswoman Granger Voices Support for Appropriations Language on Cuba

July 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) on Wednesday spoke in favor of language in the fiscal year 2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill prohibiting the State Department from spending funds to establish a new U.S. embassy in Cuba.

Granger, who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and previously served as chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, defended the language because of Cuba’s continued human rights abuses.

The language blocks the State Department from spending funds to open a new embassy in Cuba or to aid that country from opening an embassy in the United States.

At the markup, Granger spoke about her meetings with Cuban refugees she met during a fact-finding mission to Costa Rica after President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba beginning in December 2014. 

“I know the hopes that you would have for Cuba (after the easing of sanctions), but that’s not what I heard,” Granger said of her talks with Cuban refugees who said Castro’s human rights abuses actually increased after the change in U.S. policy. “I thought that was the saddest story. I didn’t have any desire to go and see that Cuba.”

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY18 SFOPS appropriations bill late Wednesday evening, including the Cuba language.