Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances [February 4, 2014]   [open pdf - 503KB]

"Restrictions on travel to Cuba have been a key and often contentious component in U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government since the early 1960s. [...] In the 113th Congress, both the House and Senate versions of the FY2014 Financial Services and General Government appropriations measure, H.R. 2786 and S. 1371, had provisions that would have tightened and eased travel restrictions, respectively, but none of these provisions were included in the FY2014 omnibus appropriations measure, H.R. 3547 (P.L. [Public Law] 113-76), signed into law January 17, 2014. The House Appropriations Committee version of the bill, H.R. 2786 (H.Rept. 113-172), would have prohibited FY2014 funding used 'to approve, license, facilitate, authorize, or otherwise allow' people-to-people travel to Cuba. In contrast, the Senate version of the measure, S. 1371(S.Rept. 113-80), would have expanded the current general license for professional research and meetings in Cuba to allow U.S. groups to sponsor and organize conferences in Cuba, but only if specifically related to disaster prevention, emergency preparedness, and natural resource protection. As in past Congresses, several legislative initiatives again have been introduced that would lift all travel restrictions: H.R. 871 (Rangel) would lift travel restrictions; H.R. 873 (Rangel) would lift travel restrictions and restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports; and H.R. 214 (Serrano), H.R. 872 (Rangel), and H.R. 1917 would lift the overall embargo, including travel restrictions."

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