Senate bill proposes open travel to Cuba


WASHINGTON -- In what has become practically an annual ritual in Congress, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle battle an equally bi-partisan opposition in an attempt to open travel to Cuba.

The latest salvo was fired by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), who introduced a bill (S. 950) in the Senate that would lift existing sanctions to allow unrestricted travel between the U.S. and the Caribbean island.

Proponents contend four decades of sanctions have done little to undermine Communist rule of Cuba.

However, they argue greater exposure to democratic ideals through increased trade and travel would be more effective. But opponents counter that new revenue streams of trade and travel would be used by the Cuban government to maintain power.

Against that backdrop, there are at least two resolutions in the House condemning Cuba for alleged recent series of human rights abuses.

The Enzi bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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