Curbelo's Cuban Benefits Bill Gains Support of 125 House Members

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Washington, September 21, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C.—Rep. Curbelo’s (FL-26) legislation, H.R. 4247, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act, gained the support of 125 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives. 

“Since its introduction, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act has received an abundance of support from Members of Congress and South Florida families. I am pleased to have reached this milestone on such an important piece of bipartisan legislation which works to ensure that Cubans leaving the island to escape Castro’s repressive dictatorship are protected, while also ensuring that America’s generosity is not abused. It is important to note this legislation has the support of Members of Congress from all across the country, representing vastly diverse Congressional districts that span the full political spectrum.

As a Representative of our South Florida community in Congress, I strive to bring to the national discussion issues that are important to my constituents. It’s wrong that some Cubans continue to receive U.S. welfare benefits intended to help refugees even after having returned to live in Cuba permanently or temporarily. The integrity of this program must be restored. I am thankful for my colleagues who have joined me in recognizing these abuses in the system and have supported my efforts to ensure that American taxpayers are protected. I will continue to build support behind this important bill and impress on Congressional leaders from both parties the need to advance it through the legislative process,” said Curbelo

H.R. 4247 has 125 cosponsors, including senior Members of Congress such as:

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA)
Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
21 members of the Florida delegation
Unanimous support by the Cuban American Members in the House:
Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, Sires, and Mooney
Energy & Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Transportation & Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Former Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Keith Ellison (D-MN)


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