The ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress Delays Vote on Cuba Travel Ban

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


The ‘do-nothing’ U.S. Congressional committee postponed a vote on a measure that would abolish the decades-old ban on travel to Cuba, leaving little time this year for the proposal to advance in Congress.

Supporters of the change said it is a shame to delay a U.S. response to recent changes in Cuba, where the Communist government is allowing some private enterprise and has agreed to the release of political prisoners.

Last week, the central government in Havana allowed for U.S. dollars to be used when paying rent on apartments.

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6 Responses to The ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress Delays Vote on Cuba Travel Ban

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    The travel ban is ridiculous and unconstitutional. As Americans, we have the right to travel wherever we want and if the government doesn’t like it, they can suck my feet. If you want to see Cuba, travel though Canada, Mexico or the Dominican Republic. All have nonstop flights to Havana. Just bring cash and leave your credit cards home so there’s no paper trail of the visit.

  2. TOM339 says:

    I saw an article in the Financial Times a while ago that discussed how the French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and now, Chinese, hotel and tourism companies are capitalizing on the Cuban market, not having any competition from American hotel and tourism businesses.

    This is insane, like so many other things in the U.S., as the recession has leveled a KO punch in the face of American business.

  3. retahyajyajav says:

    Joe in Colorado is correct.

    In fact, there are books and websites that teach U.S. citizens how to travel to Cuba and avoid the wrath of the busybody State Dept..

    Cuban officials won’t stamp your passport so there’s no record of you setting foot onto the island and you can’t use your credit cards while visiting.

    I have two friends who visited. They loved it.

  4. Pechanga says:

    U.S. reluctance to normalizing relations with Cuba was always driven by placating the Cuban-American community in South Florida.

    But many of these immigrants are old now, or have died and they’ve taken with them, their experiences of repression at the hands of the Castro government.

    Young Cuban-Americans don’t have the same life experiences and biases so you really have to wonder who Washington is worried about?

  5. Harry says:

    US/Cuba policy has been a mess for decades. Obama hinted he would open the door to travel to the Island but his GOP-leanings are firmly in charge.

  6. Dmitris says:

    The Feds are clueless. Go to South Florida and half the people who own pleasure boats will tell you they’ve sailed to Cuba at least once and often, more than once just for a day trip. The government can’t tell people where they can, or can’t travel. They can provide the info needed to make informed choices such as safety but, that’s as far as the Feds can go.

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