"When I got off the plane I said, 'Wow, I'm back in the 1950s,' said recently retired Republican Rep. Toby Roth of Wisconsin. During a December 1996 tour, one of his final acts in the House, Roth found Havana's infrastructure and mentality trapped in a bygone time.
While there on a five-day tour, he and other past and present members of Congress concluded that America must re-examine its longstanding policies. ``Cuba is a child in our family, Roth said. ``We have to bring them along.
Cuba trip March 2002
From March 15-18, 2002 The Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation sponsored a fact-finding, educational trip to Cuba March 15-18, led by Congressman John Tanner (D-TN), including Alliance board members Dr. Ruth Cowan, Honorable Dennis DeConcini, and Mr. James C. Free. The delegation met with the Catholic Cardinal of Havana, His Excellency Jaime Ortega, as well many senior Cuban government officials. The delegation had a three-hour meeting with President Fidel Castro. President Castro and the delegation discussed cooperation between the United States and Cuba on the issues of drug interdiction, terrorism, and illegal migration, in light of a press statement released that morning by the Cuban government offering their assistance to the United States regarding those issues. 
The Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation sponsored a fact finding and educational trip to Cuba December 12-15, 2002 led by Congressman Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Senator Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ ret) and the former Attorney General of Arizona. Delegation members met with Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Pedro Alvarez, CEO and Chairman of Alimport and had a five hour meeting with President Fidel Castro.
On January 26, 2013, Amb. Lu Shumin, Vice President of The Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, met with and hosted a lunch in honor of Former U.S. Senators, including Mr. DeConcini, former chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate, and Mr. George Allen, George Voinovich and Steve Symms.
The two sides exchanged views on Sino-U.S. relations, China’s foreign policy, clean energy and issues of mutual concern. Amb. Lu introduced China’s social and economic situation, development blueprint and also briefed on the 18th CPC National Congress at the request of the guests.
- The Miami Herald January 14, 1997, Congressional travelers are attracted to Cuba, CAROL ROSENBERG
- [http://www.responsiblecubapolicy.org/visits.html# Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy
- Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation
- The Chinese People's Institute for Foreign Affairs website. Vice President Lu Shumin Meets with Former U.S. Senators, 2013-03-04