January 28, 2015

Congresswoman Lee Helps Lead Effort to End U.S. Travel Ban to Cuba

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on the bipartisan and bicameral effort to lift the U.S. travel ban to Cuba:

“Lifting the travel ban is a matter of personal freedom.  Americans should have the right to travel to Cuba, just like to any other country.

U.S. policy towards Cuba has failed for more than 50 years.

It’s past time Congress acts to end the embargo, lift the travel ban and fully normalize relations with Cuba. This bill is an important step in doing so.”


Congresswoman Lee has been working to end failed U.S. policies towards Cuba since 1977 and has traveled to the island more than 20 times.  A full history of the Congresswoman’s work can be found at: http://bit.ly/RepLeeCubaHistory.


Congresswoman Lee 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.