Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) voted against the budget bill before the House of Representatives today after congressional budget negotiators eliminated restrictions on Cuba travel following a veto threat from the Obama Administration.
Congressman Rivera released the following statement after the vote:
"Today President Barack Obama reaffirmed his allegiance to Fidel and Raul Castro and confirmed his status as the Castro brothers' best ally and chief lobbyist in Washington. This week congressional budget negotiators from the House and Senate agreed to enact new restrictions on travel to Cuba. After a veto threat from President Obama, these same budget conferees decided to eliminate the restrictions on Cuba travel, thus providing the Castro dictatorship with millions of dollars in resources. President Obama's veto threat was issued notwithstanding the fact that Cuba has been holding a U.S. citizen hostage for over two years, Cuba is on the U.S. government's List of Terrorist Nations, and Cuba is harboring fugitives from U.S. justice, including cop-killers, drug traffickers and criminals on the FBI's Wanted list. My vote against this budget is intended to demonstrate my willingness to continue fighting the Obama administration's policy of appeasement and unilateral concessions toward the Castro regime. I commend Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart for his valiant efforts to deny the Cuban dictatorship millions in hard currency with which to finance their brutal dictatorship, as well as succeeding in defeating a measure to grant U.S. credit financing to Cuba. I look forward to continue working with my congressional colleagues to reverse President Obama's efforts to appease the Castro dictatorship with unilateral concessions."