Owens Co-Sponsors the Fighting Oppression Until the Reign of Castro Ends Act

Jan 20, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) co-sponsored the Fighting Oppression Until the Reign of Castro Ends (FORCE) Act, legislation to stop President Biden from normalizing relations with Cuba until and unless freedom, democracy, and basic human rights are restored on the island. 

“America stands in solidarity with the freedom-loving people of Cuba as they bravely fight against communism, tyranny, and oppression,” said Rep. Owens. “I am proud to support the FORCE Act to hold this illegitimate, brutal dictatorship accountable by keeping Cuba the State Sponsor of Terrorism List until the terrible plague of communism has ended and democracy prevails.”

Specifically, the legislation prevents the Cuban communist regime from being removed from the State Sponsor of Terrorism List until they meet the requirements of Section 205 of the LIBERTAD Act (P.L. 104-114). Section 205 of the LIBERTAD Act requires Cuba to comply with the following conditions: 

  1. Release all political prisoners and allow for investigations of Cuban prisons by appropriate international human rights organizations. 
  2. Transition away from the Castro regime to a system that guarantees the rights of the Cuban people to express themselves freely. 
  3. Commit to holding free and fair elections. 

The full text of the legislation is available here.


Recent Posts

Feb 5, 2024

Utah Congressional Delegation Announces Passport Fairs in Coordination with State Department

Utahns can obtain passport services at five events throughout the state from February 13 – 17 Representative Burgess Owens (UT-04) joined U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives John Curtis (UT-03), Blake Moore (UT-01), and Celeste Maloy (UT-02), in coordination with the Department of State, to announce five “Passport Fairs” throughout the […]

Feb 1, 2024

Owens Water Quality Bill Clears T&I Committee

WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee included the Water Quality Criteria Development and Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), in H.R. 7023, the Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act, which passed out of committee with bipartisan support. Owens’ legislation sets forth clearer procedures for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

Jan 31, 2024

Ed Committee Approves Owens Amendment Enhancing College Cost Reduction Act 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Education and the Workforce Committee passed the College Cost Reduction Act, which includes an amendment by Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee. Owens’ amendment clarifies the calculation of reimbursement payments, improves college transparency provisions, and changes the funding structure of the PROMISE program. “The […]