Strong interest in Cuba is continuing in the 113th Congress with attention focused on economic and political developments, especially the human rights situation, and U.S. policy toward the island nation, including sanctions. The continued imprisonment of Alan Gross remains a key concern for many Members. [...] Ultimately in the FY2014 omnibus appropriations measure, H.R. 3547 (P.L. [Public Law] 113-76) approved in January 2014, Congress provided up to $17.5 million in ESF [Economic Support Funds] for programs and activities in Cuba and stipulated that no ESF appropriated under the Act may be obligated by the U.S. Agency for International Development for any new programs or activities in Cuba. [...] With regard to Cuba sanctions, both the House and Senate versions of the FY2014 Financial Services and General Government appropriations measure, H.R. 2786 and S. 1371, had different provisions that would have tightened and eased travel restrictions respectively, but none of these provisions were included in the FY2014 omnibus appropriations measure (P.L. 113-76). 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, which the Obama Administration authorized in 2011." Several other initiatives for U.S-Cuba relations will be discussed in the 113th Congress.
CRS Report for Congress, R43024
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