News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Last week, Cuba made headlines. For the first time in nearly 60 years, our neighbor 90 miles off the Florida coast does not have a Castro at the helm. The next President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel brings cautious optimism, presenting an opportunity for our country to formulate a new and improved relationship with our neighbor. As a member of the Congressional Cuba Working Group, we believe Cuba’s new leadership gives way to repair American-Cuban ties.

Our nation has an opportunity that we must seize. America’s farmers and businesses have a vested interest in an improved economic relationship with the island of Cuba. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement, and throughout my time in Congress, I have advocated to end the embargo on Cuba. I have visited the island and met with farmers and medical device manufacturers in Minnesota, and we have the resources the Cuban people desperately need. Opening and repairing our trade relationship with Cuba stands to serve us all. 

I will continue to work with the Congressional Cuba Working Group with members from both sides of the aisle to make strides toward a better, more secure relationship with Cuba. Motivated by the opportunities for trade for many Minnesotans and the vital effort to ensure our national security, repairing this relationship means opportunities for Americans and Cubans alike.

Read the Congressional Cuba Working Group’s statement on leadership transition in Cuba here

For more information on the Cuba Trade Act, click here

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

As we come to the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I reflect on my first meeting with Abby Honold. Abby is a former University of Minnesota student and rape survivor. You can read her story here. Abby’s experiences shaped a clear picture of reform and since then, she has been a champion for a legislative change to the way law enforcement officials interact and collect information from victims of violent sexual assault. 

Senator Amy Klobuchar and I introduced the Abby Honold Act last December. Our incredibly important legislation will help law enforcement prosecute sexual assault while improving care and treatment for victims. For victims of trauma, a compassionate response in the immediate aftermath is paramount. 

Read Abby’s story here.

To learn more about the Abby Honold Act, click here

APPLY NOW: Young Women Leadership Program

My office is now accepting applications for the third annual Young Women Leadership Program (YWLP) for high school girls in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. Applications will be accepted through May 23rd. The YWLP is an annual program designed to give young women the opportunity to learn from and engage with some of Minnesota's top female leaders. 

To learn more, click here

To apply, click here

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