Yesterday, the United States of Representatives held an important vote (Roll Call 86) for an omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 1105, which funds the Federal Government operations up to October 1 of this year.
The bill had important provisions which remove draconian and inhuman dictates put into effect by former president George W. Bush in the year 2004.
For the first time in many year the 'I hate Cuba' Fascists of the Miami-Dade delegation were overwhelmingly defeated. The vote was 245-178.
The bill does the following things in regard to the Cuba issue:
• Prevent the U.S. government from spending any of its budget enforcing 2004 rules that keep Cuban Americans from visiting their homeland more than once every three years.
• Create a general travel license for Americans who sell food and medical supplies to Cuba.
• Let Cuba pay for the American produce it buys when the products arrive in Havana. Current law forces Cuba to pay up front before products leave U.S. ports.
• Require the U.S. Treasury Department to issue a report showing how much of its staff and funding is spent on enforcing the ban on travel to Cuba.
Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, scions of a sub-minister of dictator Fulgencio Batista of Cuba, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, another prominent Batistiana in Miami-Dade, were roundly defeated. Debbie 'Dubbya' Wasserman-Schultz, who normally joins the three infamous right wingers, voted with her party this time.