Helms-Burton Act

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Helms-Burton Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1996, that strengthened the existing trade embargo on Cuba. The U.S. had prohibited most trade with Cuba since 1960. The Act extended this prohibition to companies doing business with Cuba and to companies that use property Cuba had nationalized from American companies. The Act was quite controversial internationally.
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Increasing the intensity of the USAID regime change programs in Cuba will achieve nothing, with the possible exception of prolonging the imprisonment of Alan Gross, whose activities in Cuba - paid for by USAID with funds from the Helms Burton Act - created his predicament in the first instance.
Strictly adhere" to the 1996 Helms Burton Act, including Title III, "to place maximum pressure on the Cuban regime.
Chris Dodd (D-CT), who is set to head the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, is expected to introduce legislation that amends or scraps the 1996 Helms Burton Act.