Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism:

“Again, just like December’s announcement of its opening to Cuba, when even the State Department was kept in the dark, the White House is taking another big step closer to the Castro regime without consulting Congress.  The State Department’s review process looks rushed.  The Committee will be interested to hear from the White House how Cuba’s support for radical groups in the region, safe harbor for American fugitives – including one of the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’– and international weapons trafficking justifies today’s move.”