U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after President Obama announced policy changes aimed at improving U.S. relations with Cuba.
"As one of the few members who has travelled to Cuba, I believe today's announcement is a good first step in removing trade and travel barriers that will not only boost our economy but Cuba's as well," said Davis. "The only way to weaken the Castro regime is by strengthening Cuba's middle class which can only be done by lifting outdated trade and travel restrictions that have led to further isolation and oppression of the people of Cuba.
"As the second largest exporter in agriculture commodities, Illinois relies on trade relations that allow our products to be sold to the rest of the world. So at a time when America is yearning for more manufacturing jobs and to produce more, improving trade relations with Cuba will only further this goal while helping to empower the people of Cuba."
Davis travelled to Cuba in 2005 as part of his duties as a staffer for Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill.).