2018 trip to Cuba
CUBA: U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Posted on January 28, 2018;
In January 2018, Center for Democracy in the Americas led a bipartisan delegation of U.S. House Members to Havana to meet with Cuban officials investigating the mysterious symptoms experienced by U.S. diplomats, assess the impact of recent U.S. policies on the Cuban people, and explore areas for future collaboration. The trip included Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13), Karen Bass (CA-37), and Roger Marshall (KS-01). The delegation had the opportunity to speak briefly with Cuban President Raul Castro and met First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
For his part, representative Marshall, who visits Havana for the second time, co-sponsors the bill of law of Republican congressman for Arkansas, Rick Crawford, which proposes to eliminate restrictions on agricultural trade with Cuba.
2017 trip to Cuba
In March 2017, Center for Democracy in the Americas led a fact-finding trip to Havana, Cuba for five Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives to learn about economic, political, and social issues in Cuba, and prospects for U.S.-Cuba trade. Representative Tom Emmer (MN-06), who has previously traveled to Cuba twice with CDA, helped lead the delegation. The group included Reps. Roger Marshall (KS-01), James Comer (KY-01), Jack Bergman (MI-01), and Jason Lewis (MN-02), all first-term members. During the trip, we met a wide array of Cubans, including senior leaders in the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Foreign Investment and Trade, Ministry of Agriculture, Cuba’s telecommunications authority, and the University of Havana, as well as with diplomats serving on the island, business leaders and entrepreneurs, and artists.
Delegation to China
2017 Congressional Members Delegation September 15, 2017 to September 24, 2017 .Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, and Qufu, China.
In September 2017, the National Committee on U.S. China Relations escorted a seventh group to Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, and Qufu. The delegation was led by the two current co-chairs of the USCWG, Congressmen Rick Larsen (D-WA-2) and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), joined by Congressmen Gregorio Sablan (D-NMI), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18), David Young (R-IA-3), and Roger Marshall (R-KS-1).
Meetings focused on issues of agriculture, aviation, and environmental protection; the situation surrounding North Korea was also a frequent topic of discussion. The delegation met with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in Zhongnanhai, Chair Madame Fu Ying of the National People’s Congress, vice ministers of various ministries including Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, the Central Military Commission, foreign and local NGOs, American and Chinese businessmen, provincial and municipals officials from Shandong, among others.