Exclusive: Republicans in Congress attempt to give Biden war powers over Cuba
The GOP leadership also included Big Tech in meetings to examine the feasibility of providing internet access on the island.
West Virginia GOP MP Alex Mooney plans to propose a new joint Congressional resolution to allow President Joe Biden to use warring forces to provide humanitarian aid to Cuba amid growing unrest in the country.
Images of the resolution verified by The American Conservative show that the “authorization to use armed forces against Cuba to guarantee humanitarian aid” pursues three specific goals:
- “Ensure the provision of humanitarian aid to the Cuban people, including but not limited to food, water and medicines;”
- “Create a safe zone in Cuba for the Cuban people to receive humanitarian aid safely;” and
- “Preventing humanitarian aid from being stolen by the Cuban government or its armed forces.”
Mooney’s office stated, “The Congressman has not introduced any legislation regarding Cuba. If he introduces laws, we will be happy to comment on them. Our office does not comment on hypothetical laws. “
Republicans in Congress have also held separate virtual member-level meetings to respond to the protests in Cuba and have invited representatives from large corporations to attend. Emails were also from. checked The American Conservative show, an official from Senator Rick Scott’s office coordinated a meeting with congressmen and representatives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Verizon, and the wireless communications trade association CTIA on July 19.
Sources reported that senators spoke to Silicon Valley companies to find out what is technically feasible to get internet access in Cuba. “If the Cuban people can see how much support they have from the United States and the world can see the atrocities in this country, we will overthrow this regime even further,” said a Senate adviser.
The American Conservative asked Scott’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for this report to be published.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week that Mooney was one of the Republicans to join the “Leadership Team for Cuba,” and Mooney’s office has been actively soliciting other Republicans to support the resolution, including Florida Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Maria Salazar and Senator Marco Rubio, according to emails verified by The American Conservative. A source said ThatAmerican Conservatives that Rubio would not support Mooney’s designed AUMF.
These emails show that Diaz-Balart’s office opposed the move, with an official letter stating that the Republican “does not trust the Biden government” because that is the only way they would support the Cuban regime. However, other communications show that Diaz-Balart planned to write a letter to the president “asking him to build on it.” [the Trump administration’s] conduct a robust policy towards Cuba and a coordinated, global effort by democratic allies and multilateral organizations to stand by the Cuban people. “
Over the past week, massive protests have erupted among Cuba’s citizens against collapsing conditions brought about by the communist-controlled government. Noisy Wall Street Journal, Cuba’s economy slumped 11 percent last year amid the coronavirus. The money brought into their economies by tourism quickly dried up as countries put lockdowns and collapsed travel restrictions and remittances.
Citizens are reportedly forced to wait in line for hours to buy basic groceries like bread and chicken, or even use public transport. Cubans have also seen their electricity and lights shut off for hours. Meanwhile, the corona virus continues to spread.
On Thursday, the Biden government announced that it would impose sanctions on Cuban Defense Minister Alvaro Lopez Miera and the Cuban Interior Ministry. “The Cuban people are protesting for the fundamental and universal rights they deserve from their government,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. “The Treasury Department will continue to enforce its Cuba-related sanctions, including those imposed today, to support the Cuban people in their pursuit of democracy and liberation from the Cuban regime.”
The Biden government said the sanctions were imposed following steps taken by the Cuban government to crack down on the protests. In a separate statement, the president said these sanctions were only “the beginning” of what the government is planning. “The United States will continue to punish those responsible for suppressing the Cuban people,” he said.
The U.S. has a largely grim record of interventions in Cuba, from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion organized by the CIA to oust Fidel Castro from power, which led to heightened tensions during the Cuban Missile Crisis, to several failed CIA attacks to assassinate Castro. are sufficient .
Ryan Girdusky is co-editor of The American Conservative, Host of the TAC Right Now podcast and author of You’re not listening: How the elites created the national populist revolution.
Anthony Leonardi is an aspiring law student at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law and a former breaking news reporter at the Washington auditor.