12.17.14

Burr Comments on President’s Cuba Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President’s announcement regarding Cuba:

“I am glad that the Cuban Government has finally released Alan Gross, a man who committed no crime and has lost five years of his life. I am also heartened that we were able to secure the release of a man incarcerated for 20 years who was incredibly helpful to our nation.”

“Regarding what the President said on normalizing our nation’s relationship with Cuba, I will listen closely to Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, and other members of the Foreign Affairs Committee as they contemplate any legislative changes that may need to be made in response to the President’s announcement. I continue to worry about human rights violations taking place in Cuba, including Cuba’s treatment of political prisoners, and am wary of the implications of the President's action.”