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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This will require an act of Congress since the embargo was codified into law in 1996 under President Bill Clinton and his signing of the Helms Burton Act.
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.