Cuban Americans could travel only once every three years if measure is approved
By Juan O. Tamayo The Miami Herald
12:18 p.m. EST, December 13, 2011
A Congressional proposal to roll back the Obama administration’s broad opening of Cuban-American travel and remittances to Cuba appeared likely to be approved as part of a year-end spending bill winding its way through the Capitol.
“My concern is that this is very much alive,” Rep. José E. Serrano, a New York Democrat who has long opposed U.S. sanctions on Cuba, declared Monday as he tried to mobilize opposition to the proposal.
President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure, submitted by South Florida Republican Mario Diaz Balart in July, to roll back Obama’s decision to ease U.S. restrictions on Cuban Americans who travel or send money to Cuba.
But the measure is part of a critical U.S. spending bill that must be approved by the House and Senate in the next few days, and which Obama would find it difficult if not impossible to veto, according to Congressional staffers.
The Diaz-Balart measure would return the restrictions to levels set by President George W. Bush: only one trip every three years for “family reunifications,” a cap on remittances of $1,200 per year and a tighter definition of “family.”’
“This is changing the rules in the middle of the game,” Serrano told El Nuevo Herald Monday. “What happens to Doña Juana, who left today for Cuba. She will be in violation … What happens to people who made plans to travel the 22nd?”
JG: This is typical of the COMEMIERDA Mario Diaz-Balart. Hate is his big motivation.
I hope that the U.S. Senate removes his scummy proposal.