Vermont’s congressional delegation says the United States should reconsider its failed policy toward Cuba following the resignation Tuesday of Fidel Castro, the country’s ailing president.
The three-member delegation says the U.S. policy of isolating Cuba has failed to oust Castro or make any democratic changes in the communist country.
Senator Patrick Leahy says he hopes the end of Castro’s rule brings about democratic reforms and the release of prisoners of conscience.
Senator Bernie Sanders says American businesses are losing billions of dollars and Canadians and Europeans are winning business as a result of the economic embargo.
Congressman Peter Welch says Castro’s departure “offers new hope for democracy in Cuba.”