22 May Gov. Scott Recognizes Cuban Independence Day with South Florida Community
Governor Scott has been a reliable voice for the Cuban people; Can Bill Nelson say the same?
MIAMI, Fla. – Governor Scott joined members of the South Florida Cuban community over the weekend to recognize Cuban Independence Day and reaffirm his commitment to standing with the Cuban people in the fight for freedom and liberty. The Governor met with members of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association and attended the annual Cuba Nostalgia convention.
Governor Scott has a consistent record of supporting state and national policies that prioritize human rights and democracy in Cuba instead of those that have helped legitimize the Cuban dictatorship (see here, here, here, here, here, or here). Meanwhile, Bill Nelson seems to be unable to make up his mind and instead has gone…
BACK: In the earlier years of his Senate career, Bill Nelson voted for a number of measures meant to maintain the travel back to Cuba, including voting to kill an amendment that would have prohibited funds from being used to enforce the ban. (H.R. 2989, Roll Call Vote #405: Motion rejected 36-59, 10/23/03, Nelson Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 7/17/17)
AND FORTH: In response to President Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, Bill Nelson proclaimed “it’s a hallelujah day” and said “It’s the 21st century and we need to move on…” (Sandra Frederick, “‘This Is A Hallelujah Day,’” The Key West Citizen (Florida), 12/18/14)
AND BACK AGAIN?: According to the Tampa Bay Times, when asked for his position on the Trump administration’s new policy on Cuba, Bill Nelson attempted to “have it both ways” by claiming to support the embargo while also supporting easing restrictions. (Alex Leary, “Bill Nelson Plays It Safe On Trump’s Cuba Shift,” Tampa Bay Times, 6/20/17)