Friday, June 29, 2007

House defies Bush on Cuba policy

By Peter Cohn CongressDaily June 29, 2007

The House Thursday defied the Bush administration by voting to ease restrictions on agricultural sales to Cuba, provoking yet another veto fight, this time on a $21.4 billion bill funding agencies including the Treasury Department, which promulgated the rule.

In a Statement of Administration Policy this week, the White House said "if the final version of the bill contained a provision that weakens current restrictions against Cuba, the president would veto the bill."

The underlying bill passed on a 240-179 vote, with more than enough opposition to sustain a veto.

The Cuba amendment by Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., passed on a voice vote and is similar to language approved in recent years that has always been stripped out during final negotiations on spending bills overseen by GOP leaders, so as not to provoke a fight with the White House.

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