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Clinton to sign Helms Burton Bill

March 12, 1996


Amy Goodman talks to Frank Manitzas (formerly of ABC news), Jane Franklin (contributing editor of "Cuba Update") and Charles
Wrangle (NY Congressman). Clinton passing bill largely in response to Cuba’s downing of two civilian planes a month earlier. Clinton seen as taking away spotlight from republican primaries to gain new appreciation from Cuban exiles that normally vote republican. Legislation not supported by either party prior to downing of planes. Kissinger, Eagleburger, Aronson and other U.S. diplomats claim that embargo, in its present form, is against U.S. national interests. Bill will dictate Cuban trade relations to Canada and Mexico and supposedly
allow Cuban Nationals in U.S. to sue for property lost to Castro Regime. Cuban American Foundation is very well funded and able to strongly influence congressional elections in New York City.