USA*ENGAGE Commends House, Senate Moves to Lift Food

Friday, 12 May 2000

"We’re pleased that support in Congress for lifting food and medicine sanctions is growing stronger," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "Enacting this legislation would be an important humanitarian gesture and an important step toward comprehensive sanctions reform."

Kittredge emphasized that food and medicine embargoes are particularly harmful because they do little to promote change, and instead target the most vulnerable people in these countries. "If U.S. unilateral economic sanctions were effective, Cuba would be a thriving democracy by now," Kittredge said.

"As the U.S. is proving with China, engaging countries through trade is the most effective way to foster social and economic reforms," Kittredge added. "This year’s close House vote on comprehensive sanctions reform is another indication that engagement, not isolationism, is becoming the preferred policy choice."

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of over 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at


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