As several Latin American countries push to bring Cuba back into the fold, Rep. Connie Mack is proposing to strip the Organization of American States of U.S. funding if Cuba is readmitted to the group. (U.S. money accounts for about 60 percent of the group's budget)
“For the members of the OAS to even consider at this time readmitting this brutal dictatorship to their organization is feckless, irresponsible, and anti-democratic," the Cape Coral Republican said. "Allowing Cuba to regain its full status clearly violates the OAS’ own Inter-American Democratic Charter, which requires its members to promote and defend democracy. For Cuba to rejoin the OAS would be another example of the organization’s failure and dysfunction as a promoter of peace and freedom in our hemisphere."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left the OAS meeting Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement on a compromise that would gradually allow Cuba back in the fold -- if it embraces democracy. Mack's bill has the support of Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, Miami Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., and Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga.