WASHINGTON -- Unrestricted travel to Cuba would be permitted under
a measure approved last week by the House of Representatives.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a member of the House International
Relations Committee, offered the measure as an amendment to the
Treasury Department's appropriation.
Flake sponsored a similar measure a year ago that also cleared
the House, but it was dropped by House and Senate negotiators when
a conference committee reconciled differences in the House and
Senate versions of the Treasury bill.
The Flake amendment would prohibit the Treasury department from
enforcing the travel ban.
The next step is for the Senate to approve its version of the
Treasury bill. Even if the amendment survives, however, it faces a
rocky road: President Bush has said he would veto the bill if it
includes the Cuba provision.