Friday, July 1, 2005
House Votes to Keep Cuba Trade Embargo
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The House voted Thursday against permitting Cuban Americans to visit their families in Cuba more frequently and for retaining a trade embargo that has been in place since 1960.
The 211-208 vote reversed a trend in Congress in recent years toward relaxing some travel sanctions on Cuba. A similar vote last year to permit Cubans who have claimed asylum in the United States to visit the island more frequently than every three years produced a 225-174 tally to ease travel rules.
Congressional supporters of maintaining the U.S. government's tough regimen of trade and travel sanctions credit a redoubled lobbying and education effort for their success, as well as continued bad behavior by communist dictator Fidel Castro.
The votes Thursday came on a bill funding the Transportation and Treasury Departments for the budget year beginning Oct. 1. (AP)
*** I can't believe this....I would love to hear their justification for this. Do they think that anything is going to change because they are punishing Cuban nationals in the U.S.?