Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Rangel says he plans Cuba legislation aimed at Bush's 'emotion'
Representative Charles Rangel. AFP PHOTO
Caribbean Net News
Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
By Mark Drajem
WASHINGTON, USA (Bloomberg): Representative Charles Rangel said he plans to attach a measure easing restrictions on traveling and sending money to Cuba to other legislation to try to encourage President George W. Bush to sign it.
"This is a very, very emotional issue with the president," Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told a reception at the Capitol for business and human rights groups opposed to the US embargo. "It really surprises me."
A longtime critic of US trade restrictions on Cuba, Rangel said his efforts will get a boost from the new Democratic majority in Congress. He didn't say which piece of tax or trade legislation, which his committee oversees, would include the measure to allow more Americans to visit Cuba.
Rangel, a New York Democrat, introduced a measure January 24 to end the US ban on travel to Cuba. He and others say they will offer other legislation to relax limits on sending money to Cuba and ease payment restrictions on the sale of farm goods.
JG: I urge all the readers and visitors of Cuba Journal to contact their U.S. House of Representative member, and ask him/her to vote YES when H.R. 654 is attached to any bill.