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house Bill H.R. 274

Should The U.S. Lift The Embargo On Cuba?

Argument in favor

The embargo has had a negative impact on both countries’ economies. Why do we still have this embargo in place when the Cold War has long since died?

50-plus years of sanctions have not effected regime change in Cuba, while the Cuban people suffer. Though I once supported the embargo, I think that the Cuban regime is so obsolete that it will crumble at the sudden onslaught of modernity. Let's trade with them and when they can't catch up, let's watch the regime change.
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Jesse's Opinion
China oppresses human rights all the time and we constantly do business with them. This embargo against Cuba is stupid and outdated.
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Evercraft's Opinion
In half a century of the embargo against Cuba we've seen no result. The sanctions failed. Increased trade and diplomacy with other nations seems to have a very good record of working.
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Argument opposed

The Cuban government still abuses the human rights of its citizens; repealing the embargo now would legitimize the repressive regime.

Debra's Opinion
Cuba's government is still evil! Free the people first!
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John 's Opinion
Do yourself a favor and do a little research on communism in reference to world history.
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jackson's Opinion
Whether people believe opening relations with Cuba is edgy and progressive is besides the point. His political beliefs are still alive and well. We should be focused on what best improves our country, and lifting the embargo on Cuba will not be beneficial.
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What is House Bill H.R. 274?

This bill would repeal the trade embargo on Cuba. The changes would include:

  • Repealing any prohibition on exports to Cuba;

  • Removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism;

  • Terminating the denial of foreign tax credit with respect to Cuba;

  • Authorizing carriers to provide telecommunications services in the country;

  • Lifting travel restrictions;

  • Directing the U.S. Postal Service to provide direct mail service to and from Cuba;

  • Resuming normal trade relations;

  • Removing the limit of remittances to Cuba.

The bill also urges the President to conduct further negotiations with the Cuban government in order to facilitate the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.


Cuban-Americans, Cuban citizens, the U.S. economy, U.S. baseball teams, the Cuban economy and relations with other U.S. allies, airports, and federal agencies that manage international travel.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 274

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Of Note:

The U.S. embargo on Cuba was placed after relations between the two countries turned sour during the Cold War.

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on December 17, 2014 that the U.S. and Cuba would begin restoring diplomatic relations. The change in U.S.-Cuba relations came in the wake of bilateral talks that resulted in a prisoner swap and Cuba’s release of a jailed U.S. contractor. Since then, the U.S. has eased travel restrictions to allow travel for educational, religious, cultural, journalistic, humanitarian or family purposes, among other permitted reasons.

Many argue that the embargo should not be lifted due to the Cuban government’s human rights violations and political repression.


Sponsoring Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) Press Release (Previous Bill Version)

USA Today

New York Times (Context)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user mail.matt


United States-Cuba Normalization Act of 2015

Official Title

To lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Committee on Financial Services
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Communications and Technology
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 12th, 2015