Lawmakers of both parties from across the country lined up to back the launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) on Thursday.
Democrat Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri made a special point to be in Washington for the event to represent all agriculture states. “This is an extremely bi-partisan issue,” said Nixon. “We have been presented with an historic opportunity – we must not and will not let is pass us by.” Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri at USACC launch
“I think this is going to be one of the great modern events of America,” said Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA). “We have torn down our iron wall.” Cong. Sam Farr of California at USACC launch
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) says he is excited about the opportunities of increasing trade relations with Cuba. “The real excitement to me is the opportunity to … spread Democracy, the opportunity to do what farmers do naturally and that is feed hungry people,” he said. “Trade ought to be a part of diplomacy.” Cong. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota at USACC launch
“I believe increasing trade we already have with the Cuban nation is going to allow America to invest in a Cuban economy that’s going to free the Cuban citizens from the conditions they live under now,” said Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), pictured here from a National Corn Growers tweet. Cong. Rodney Davis of Illinois at USACC launch
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) said he has long fought to change the sanctions and regulations that restrict the ability of farmers and ranchers to sell their products to Cuba. “After trying somethign for 54 years, you ought to try something different,” said Moran. “If the goal of U.S. policy is to change the nature of Cuba’s citizens’ relationship with their government, it hasn’t worked.” Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas at USACC launch
“We have a historic opportunity right now to modernize our country’s relationship with Cuba – and it’s a moment we must seize,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). “I’m looking forward to working with our agriculture community and members of both parties to help build a practical and positive relationship between the people of Cuba and the United States.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar at USACC launch