Department of the Treasury
Secretary of the Treasury
March 9, 2009
The Honorable Bill Nelson and Robert Menendez
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senators Nelson and Menendez:
You have expressed concerns to me about provisions of H.R. 1105, the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill, regarding Cuba sanctions. You have also shared your views regarding Section 620 of the bill, which relates specifically to travel to Cuba for then commercial sales of agricultural and medical goods pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.
Section 620 would be administered by the Department of the Treasury. The regulations promulgated pursuant to that provision would provide that the representatives of only a narrow class of business would be eligible, under a new general license, to travel to Cuba to market and sell agricultural and medical goods. Any business using the general license would be required to provide both advance written notice outlining the purpose and scope of the planned travel and, upon return, a report outlining the activities conducted, including the persons with whom they met, the expenses incurred, and business conducted in Cuba. All travelers who take advantage of the general license would also have their daily expenses limited to the then-applicable State Department per diem rate.
It is my hope that this letter has assisted you in understanding how the Treasury Department would implement section 620 of H.R. 1105, the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill. If there is anything I can do to be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Timothy F. Geithner
JG: If Obama's Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, chooses not to enforce the provisions of the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.R. 1105), as passed by Congress, he would be in clear violation of the United States Constitution, and it would be an impeachable offense on his part.
He took an oath of office to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.
The new Cuba policy provisions are now established U.S. law.
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