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Rep. John Lewis Applauds Steps to Normalize Relations with Cuba

December 17, 2014
Press Release

             "I am a strong supporter of President Obama's decision to begin normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba.  I am relieved by this shift in U.S. policy because it is long overdue.  It was the right thing to do.  It was the moral choice, and I am glad the President had the courage to do it.

            "Cuba is one of our neighbors.  It is only 90 miles from our shores.  We work with the Russians.  We work with the Vietnamese, we work with China and many other nations that we have had difficult relationships with in the past.  At this point the embargo against Cuba is out of date.  It relates to the politics of another time and another period in the history of both nations.  This is now the 21st century, not the 20th century.  To move into the future, we must learn to live together and work together as members of the community of nations."