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Murray Pushes for Trade and Ties With Cuban People

May 20 2002

Senator cites recent agriculture sales to Cuba

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today President Bush reiterated his opposition to lifting the trade embargo against Cuba, a position that continues to inhibit the sale of Washington state goods, services, and agricultural commodities to an important market.

Senator Patty Murray released the following statement:

"Washington's Congressional delegation has pushed for years to open Cuba to our state's many export products. Cuba has purchased more than $100 million worth of agricultural products over the last year, and has shown particular interest in Washington state apples and lentils.

But the current policy toward Cuba greatly limits the trade potential. That's why I have consistently supported legislation to open ties to the Cuban people. Our Cuba policy has been in place with very little success for 40 years. The President's support for the failed status quo only means Washington state exporters must sit on the sidelines as Cuba buys goods and services from our allies.

The Cuban market is particularly important to Washington state agriculture. At a time when prices have been at record lows, expanding markets for Washington's farm products means higher prices for our farmers. I encourage the President to put aside election-year posturing in favor of a policy that will provide long-term benefits for Washington's farmers.