Stabenow, Leahy, Durbin, others travel to Cuba |

Stabenow, Leahy, Durbin, others travel to Cuba

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, led a Democratic delegation to Cuba this weekend, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Others in the delegation included Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Peter Welch of Vermont.

“The policy changes President [Barack] Obama announced last month will boost agriculture, encourage manufacturing, and create jobs in America by increasing our country’s ability to export goods and products, including many made or grown right here in Michigan,” Stabenow said In a statement published in The Detroit News.

“During my time in Cuba, I will be meeting with high-ranking officials and agricultural leaders to make sure these changes will boost our economy and serve the best interests of our farmers, manufacturers and families.”

Stabenow, who traveled to Cuba in 2013, praised Obama’s December announcement that the United States would begin the process of restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Last week the Treasury Department announced changes to financial and travel regulations that should make it easier to export U.S. agricultural products to Cuba.

–The Hagstrom Report

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