House OKs measure to allow Cuba travel


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.

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