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Cuban Benefits Bill Would Save American Taxpayers Billions of Dollars

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Washington, May 25, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of the projected reduced spending for H.R. 4247 and its Senate companion, S. 2441, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act. This bill is estimated to save American taxpayers $2.45 billion over the next 10 years alone. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statements:

“For too long, America’s generosity has been abused, and this projection from the Congressional Budget Office underscores the importance of getting the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act passed as soon as possible.  I would like to thank my House colleagues from both parties who have cosponsored this legislation and Senator Rubio who has been leading the charge in the Senate. Together we will make sure our country continues being a place of refuge and safety for the victims of Castro's persecution while doing right by American taxpayers,” said Curbelo

“The American people are a generous people, but those who are abusing Cuban refugee benefits are taking American taxpayers for fools, and we need to stop this abuse. I’m hopeful that today’s report from the Congressional Budget Office gives us renewed momentum to end this problem and reform the system,” said Rubio. “The way to fix this problem is to pass bipartisan legislation that I’ve introduced with Congressman Carlos Curbelo that ends the automatic assumption in U.S. law that all Cuban immigrants are refugees and says that, in order to receive refugee benefits, they must simply prove they are refugees who legitimately fear for their lives if they were in Cuba.”

To learn more about H.R. 4247, please click here

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