The Broward Democrat opines in USA Today in opposition to easing sanctions against Cuba.
"Declaring the embargo a failure and using it as justification to reopen trade and relations ignores the fact that the Cuban economy is on its knees," she writes. "The paltry changes we've seen (allowing Cubans to buy and sell some goods) have been necessitated by their economic crisis. Ending the embargo now not only ignores the atrocities perpetrated by the Castro regime, it also hands the Cuban government a huge financial boost at the exact moment they need and want it most."
The House Foreign Affairs committee is scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday that would ease travel restrictions to Cuba. Committee chairman Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has said he's unsure he has the votes; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, the top Republican on the committee, opposes it.