Cong. McGovern discusses Cuban trade

U.S. and Cuba re-established diplomatic relationship after more than half a century

Richard Blanco
Cuban-American Poet Richard Blanco reads a poem during the reopening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to the Cuban capital to raise the U.S. flag and formally reopen the long-closed U.S. Embassy. Cuba and U.S. officially restored diplomatic relations July 20, as part of efforts to normalize ties between the former Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,Pool)

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Jim McGovern recently went with the Secretary of State John Kerry for the formal opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba.

It was the first time the American Flag has been raised in Cuba for 54 years. The Cuban government has demanded that the U.S. lift the trade embargo, but that requires approval from Congress.

22News spoke with Congressman McGovern at Boisvert Farm in Hadley on his annual farm tour about the benefits of possible trade in the future. He said, “Stuff that is grown and produced at this farm should be able to be sold in Cuba. Things that are grown in Cuba should be able to be sold here in the United States, but Congress is frustrating that by not changing our laws.”

President Obama wants to make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba and to transact business there. The first steps could be establishing direct flights, mail service, and easing trade restrictions.

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