CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. July 2, 2010: The House Agriculture Committee wants a decades-long ban on United States citizens traveling to Cuba lifted.
The Committee on Wednesday voted to ease the ban, a first step toward Congressional approval of the changes. They also voted to ease restrictions on the sale of American commodities there. The measure was approved 25 to 20, with only four Republicans supporting the bill.
`This is a great opportunity to expand trade,` said Representative Collin C. Peterson, Democrat of Minnesota and the chairman of the committee. He added that American travel to Cuba would `show the Cuban people how great democracy can be.`
But opponents of the bill argued that while export restrictions should be eased, lifting the travel ban would benefit only the Communist government led by Fidel and Raúl Castro. The bill, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, must still go through the Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees before it can be considered by the full House. Then the Senate would have to act.