U.S. House OKs unrestricted travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON -- The House approved an amendment that would allow unrestricted travel to Cuba.

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a member of the House immigration and claims subcommittee, was included in a Treasury appropriations bill (H.R. 2590).

Laundry hangs outside an ornate balcony in Havana, Cuba.The amendment would prohibit the Treasury Department from using any funds to enforce regulations that prohibit leisure or business travel to Cuba.

Reflecting on the long-standing U.S. Cuba trade embargo, Flake said lifting the travel ban would be "a good compromise between those would would continue to isolate Cuba and those would go so far as to lift the embargo completely."

The bill now heads to the Senate, which defeated a similar House bill last year.

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