Office of the Spokesperson
January 24, 2018
The Secretary of State reported on January 12, 2018, to the appropriate congressional committees, consistent with Section 306(c)(2) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-114; 22 U.S.C. 6021-6091) and pursuant to the authority delegated to the Secretary by the President on January 31, 2013, that he had made the statutorily required determination in order to suspend for six months beyond February 1, 2018, the right to bring an action under Title III of the Act.
In July 2017, The Honorable Thomas Shannon, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, provided the report to the United States Congress. Link to Blog Post:
No reason was provided by the United States Department of State as to why the matter was elevated to Secretary Tillerson.