December 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement regarding the release of Alan Gross after 5 years in prison in Cuba and the president’s announcement to re-establish diplomatic relations and ease economic and travel restrictions.
“I am delighted that Alan Gross has been released and can return to his loved ones after five years of wrongful imprisonment,” Inhofe said. “Despite this welcome news, the legacy of suppression of human rights and democracy continues in Cuba under the rule of President Raul Castro. This is why I strongly oppose normalizing relations with Cuba and lifting the embargo against its dictator. President Obama’s new course for Cuba follows on the success of his reset with Russia. This will not bring about freedom from persecution to its people; it will not bring about freedom of speech or free elections; and it will not end the 50-plus years of the Castro brothers’ brutal dictatorship. Instead, President Obama’s actions reward the Castro family, as Raul Castro has made no democratic concessions to the United States. This is another bad precedent being set by this president, and I will oppose efforts to lift sanctions on Cuba if it comes to the Senate floor.”