McGovern will go to Cuba with Obama

Published: 3/12/2016 2:38:33 AM

U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, will accompany President Barack Obama to Cuba this month on a trip that marks the first time a sitting president has visited the country in 88 years.

First Lady Michelle Obama, senior White House staff and other members of Congress will also accompany the president on the March 21-22 trip, according to McGovern’s office.

“It is an honor to be joining President Obama on this month’s historic trip to Cuba as we take another strong step forward in U.S.-Cuba relations,” McGovern said in a prepared statement. “Americans have long been ready for a 21st century approach to Cuba and with our two nations working together, we can create new opportunities for American businesses, increase travel and exchange, and support efforts in Cuba to advance democratic reforms and promote human rights.”

McGovern has been a vocal supporter in Congress for normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations.

McGovern also accompanied Secretary of State John Kerry to Cuba in August to reopen the U.S. Embassy.

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