Texas Calls for End of Cuba Embargo

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:19 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The Texas state legislature has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the United States' economic embargo against Cuba.

The non-binding resolution, which does not require Governor Rick Perry's signature, comes only a week after President and former Texas Governor George Bush firmly stated his administration has no intention of lifting the embargo.

"The resolution asks for an end to the embargo against Cuba and a lifting of all sanctions by the U.S. government against Cuba," said Texas state Representative Domingo Garcia (D-Dallas), who sponsored the resolution.

"After years of a failed policy of trying to remove Castro by an embargo that most of the world doesn't respect and doesn't follow, I believed that it was time that we looked at a different course," Garcia said.

Cuba and Texas can both gain, according to Garcia, if the economic embargo was lifted against the communist nation.

"We have a lot of rice and we have a lot of agricultural products as well as high tech products that would be much cheaper for Cuba to purchase from Texas," said Garcia. "All that could come through the ports of Houston and Corpus Christi."

Bush has maintained that the economic embargo against Cuba will not be lifted as long as Castro remains in power, and Garcia insists he did not introduce the resolution to defy Bush.

At a press conference in Madrid, Spain last week, Bush said, "we plan to keep the embargo on Cuba and will do so until Fidel Castro frees prisoners, has free elections and embraces freedom," and a White House spokesman said Wednesday the president remains unmoved on the issue.

"President Bush who is a friend of mine," said Garcia. "It's time that we lift all the travel and financial resolutions that relate to Cuba. We're trading with countries like China and Vietnam that have been involved and killed American soldiers."