Thursday, November 19, 2009

Grupito de Senadores Americanos y Cuba

Mike Enzi
Senadores impulsan ley en Congreso de EEUU para permitir viajes a Cuba
31/03/2009 - 19:45

Mike Enzi
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Mike Enzi

United States Senator
from Wyoming
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Serving with John Barrasso
Preceded by Alan K. Simpson
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Judd Gregg
Succeeded by Ted Kennedy
Born February 1, 1944 (age 65)
Bremerton, Washington
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diana Enzi
Children Amy Enzi
Emily Enzi
Brad Enzi
Residence Gillette, Wyoming
Alma mater George Washington University
Occupation accountant, energy executive
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Service/branch United States Air National Guard
Years of service 1967-1973
Unit Wyoming
Michael Bradley "Mike" Enzi (born February 1, 1944) is the senior U.S. Senator from Wyoming. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Enzi was a businessman who at one time owned family shoe stores. He later became a politician on the state level, having served in the Wyoming Legislature for more than a decade. He was reelected to the U.S. Senate in 2002 and again in 2008. Enzi is a Republican.

Born in Bremerton, Washington, to Elmer Jacob Enzi and the former Dorothy M. Bradley, [1] Enzi grew up in Thermopolis, Wyoming after his father's return from military duty on the Pacific Coast. He attended elementary school in Thermopolis and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1962. He is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.[2][3]
Enzi received a degree in accounting from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1966. He is also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. He received an M.B.A. in retail marketing from the University of Denver in Colorado in 1968. He also served in the Wyoming Air National Guard from 1967 to 1973.[4] On June 7, 1969, Enzi married the former Diana Buckley; the couple has two daughters, Amy and Emily, and a son, Brad.
Soon after his marriage, Enzi moved to Gillette, where he expanded his father's shoe-sale business [5], NZ Shoes, which later also featured locations in Sheridan and in Miles City, Montana. As a young business owner, he served as president of the Wyoming chapter of the United States Junior Chamber. Enzi was elected as Mayor of Gillette, in 1974 at the age of 30 and held the position for two terms. He served until 1982, and during his tenure, the city doubled in size. From 1976 to 1979, Enzi worked with the U.S. Department of Interior on energy policy via its Coal Advisory Committee.
Enzi was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives as a Republican and served from 1987 to 1991. He was then a member of the Wyoming Senate from 1991 to 1996. While a member of the State Senate, Enzi became a vocal opponent of proposals to allow legalized gambling within his state. He served as the primary spokesman of WyBett, an anti-casino group in 1994[2]. During this time period, he also worked professionally as an accountant with an oil drilling company, holding this job from 1985 to 1997. During the 1990s, he also worked as an executive director with the Black Hills Corporation, an energy holding company that owns utilities and natural gas and coal mining operations.
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Christopher Dodd
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Christopher John Dodd

United States Senator
from Connecticut
Assumed office
January 3, 1981
Serving with Joe Lieberman
Preceded by Abraham A. Ribicoff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Robert H. Steele
Succeeded by Sam Gejdenson
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In office
January 3 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Mitch McConnell
Succeeded by Mitch McConnell
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Mitch McConnell
Succeeded by Trent Lott
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Assumed office
January 4, 2007
Preceded by Richard Shelby
Acting Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
In office
August 25, 2009 – September 9, 2009
Preceded by Ted Kennedy
Succeeded by Tom Harkin (as Chairman)
General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
In office
1995 – 1997
Preceded by Debra DeLee
Succeeded by Donald Fowler
Born May 27, 1944 (age 65)
Willimantic, Connecticut
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jackie Marie Clegg
Children Grace Dodd
Christina Dodd
Residence East Haddam, Connecticut
Alma mater Providence College
University of Louisville
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Chris Dodd
Christopher John "Chris" Dodd (born May 27, 1944) is an American lawyer and Democratic politician currently serving as the senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut.
Dodd is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Providence College. His father, Thomas J. Dodd, was one of Connecticut's United States Senators from 1959-1971. Chris Dodd served in the Peace Corps for two years prior to entering law school at the University of Louisville, and during law school concurrently served in the United States Army Reserve.
Dodd returned to Connecticut, winning election in 1974 to the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district and was reelected in 1976 and 1978. He was elected United States Senator in the elections of 1980, and is now the longest-serving Senator in Connecticut's history, the 9th most senior of current Senators and one of three from the 1980 freshman class who are still serving.[1][2]
Dodd served as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.[3] In 2006, Dodd decided to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Byron Dorgan
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Byron Dorgan

United States Senator
from North Dakota
Assumed office
December 15, 1992
Serving with Kent Conrad
Preceded by Kent Conrad
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's At-Large district
In office
January 3, 1981 – December 15, 1992
Preceded by Mark Andrews
Succeeded by Earl Pomeroy
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Assumed office
January 4, 2007
Preceded by John McCain
18th Tax Commissioner of North Dakota
In office
1969 – 1980
Governor William L. Guy
Arthur A. Link
Preceded by Edwin O. Sjaasstad
Succeeded by Kent Conrad
Born May 14, 1942 (age 67)
Dickinson, North Dakota
Political party Democratic-NPL
Spouse(s) Kim Dorgan
Residence Bismarck, North Dakota
Alma mater University of North Dakota
Occupation Politician, Author, Aerospace Manager
Religion Lutheran
Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14, 1942) is the junior United States Senator from North Dakota. He is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, the North Dakota affiliate of the Democratic Party. In the Senate, he is Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Dorgan was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, the son of Dorothy (née Bach) and Emmett Patrick Dorgan, and was raised in Regent, North Dakota.[1] He graduated from Regent High School and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota in 1964 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver in 1966.
Dorgan worked in management for a Denver aerospace firm, eventually earning a position training others for high ranking company positions.
Dorgan's public service career began at age 26, when he was appointed North Dakota State Tax Commissioner. He was the youngest constitutional officer in North Dakota's history. He was re-elected to that office by large margins in 1972 and 1976, and was chosen one of "Ten Outstanding State Officials" in the United States by the Washington Monthly magazine. Dorgan served as tax commissioner of North Dakota from 1969 until 1980. His future Senate colleague Kent Conrad worked in the same office before succeeding Dorgan at this post. Dorgan ran unsuccessfully for a seat in Congress in 1974. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in his second bid in 1980. He was a member from 1981 until 1992 (being re-elected every two years).

Bill Delahunt
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Bill Delahunt

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Gerry Studds
Born July 18, 1941 (age 68)
Quincy, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) divorced
Children Kristin Delahunt
Kara Mai Delahunt
Residence Quincy, Massachusetts
Alma mater Middlebury College, Boston College
Occupation attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1963-1971
Unit Reserves
William D. Delahunt (born July 18, 1941) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing the 10th District of Massachusetts.
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, Delahunt was educated at Thayer Academy, Middlebury College and Boston College Law School and later served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He served a term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1973–75) before serving as a district attorney of Norfolk County for more than 20 years.

Los Senadore Americanos proponen

Un grupo de senadores anunció este martes la presentación en el Senado de un proyecto de ley para permitir los viajes a Cuba de cualquier estadounidense, prohibidos en forma casi total desde hace cuarenta años.

"Creemos que entablar una relación a través del comercio y los viajes es la mejor manera de promocionar la democracia" y lograr una apertura en Cuba, señaló en rueda de prensa el senador demócrata Byron Dorgan, uno de los promotores de la ley.

"Hemos insistido en la misma estrategia por cuarenta años y no ha funcionado. Llegó el momento de una política diferente", manifestó por su parte el senador republicano Michael Enzi, otro de de los impulsores de la "Freedom to travel to Cuba Act" ("Ley de libertad para viajar a Cuba")

Dorgan afirmó estar seguro de que "tendremos los votos" necesarios para lograr aprobar el proyecto, que según dijo está patrocinado por otros 20 senadores.

El proyecto de ley en el Senado se suma a uno similar que fue presentado el 4 de febrero por varios legisladores en la Cámara de Representantes.

La vigente restricción de viajar a Cuba "castiga a los estadounidenses al prohibirles su derecho a viajar. Esta política no ha hecho nada por debilitar al régimen de Castro. Hace ya un tiempo que llegó el momento de cambiar esta política errónea", dijo Durgan.

El proyecto es respaldado por la Cámara de Comercio estadounidense, la Federación de Agricultores, grupos cubano-estadounidenses y organizaciones de defensa de los derechos humanos, como Human Rights Watch, que tuvieron representantes en la rueda de prensa en el Congreso.

"Levantar la prohibición de viajar es un buen primer paso hacia una política más racional", dijo el vicepresidente para asuntos internacionales de la Cámara de Comercio, Myron Brilliant, quien también fustigó el embargo contra Cuba, que se ha prolongado por casi medio siglo.

Según Brilliant, actualmente Estados Unidos tiene pérdidas de 1.200 millones de dólares anuales por el embargo. Actualmente el país norteamericano puede vender solamente alimentos y medicinas a Cuba y con restricciones.

Pero los senadores que impulsan este proyecto "no apoyan el levantamiento total del embargo. Es un paso todavía muy grande", advirtió el senador demócrata Christopher Dodd.

El anuncio "es un cambio bienvenido de la política del todo o nada" de Estados Unidos frente a la isla comunista, dijo a su vez el director para las Américas de Human Rights Watch, José Miguel Vivanco.

El departamento encargado del asunto, el Tesoro, autoriza viajes a Cuba sólo cuando los considera humanitarios o educativos, entre otras pocas excepciones.

Además, los cubano-estadounidenses pueden viajar a visitar familiares una vez al año, según una disposición del presupuesto para el año fiscal 2009 aprobado el 10 de marzo por el Congreso estadounidense, que revirtió restricciones a esos traslados impuestas por el gobierno de George W. Bush.

El presupuesto también autoriza los negocios con La Habana en alimentos y medicinas sin exigir el pago por adelantado en efectivo como hasta ahora, aunque mantiene la negativa a que bancos estadounidenses otorguen créditos a Cuba.

Estas medidas fueron recibidas con frialdad en Cuba.

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, prometió durante su campaña que levantaría las restricciones para viajar a la isla, aunque sólo para los cubano-estadounidenses. Asimismo, no se desmarcó de la política del embargo.

Antes de terminar el embargo, Washington tendría primero que observar un "firme compromiso" del régimen castrista con la democracia y los derechos humanos, advirtió el lunes el vicepresidente estadounidense, Joe Biden, durante una reunión en Costa Rica con mandatarios de América Central.


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