December 17, 2014

Congresswoman Lee Applauds the Release of Alan Gross

Congresswoman Lee released the following statement applauding the humanitarian release of Alan Gross:

“The release of Alan Gross is both a diplomatic and a moral victory. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

“Over the last five years, I have met with Alan many times in Cuba and worked with all parties to  secure his release. I applaud the President for his tremendous leadership and all those involved in securing his release.  

“The release of Alan Gross is an important step to ending the U.S.’s failed and unpopular policy towards Cuba. I look forward to additional steps to fully normalize relations with Cuba – it is far past time.

“I will continue my work with President Obama, the Administration and all my colleagues to support and advance normal relations with Cuba and an end to the failed embargo.”


Congresswoman Lee recently returned from Cuba. She is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.