U.S. Congress May Pass Cuba Travel Bill This Year, Dorgan Says"

Friday, 16 July 2010

Bloomberg Businessweek

Senator Byron Dorgan, co-sponsor of a bill to lift a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba, said both houses of Congress will pass the legislation this year.

Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat who is sponsoringthe bill with Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi, said in an interview that he plans to move the legislation to the Senate floor by attaching it as an amendment to another bill this month or in September. He plans to include a measure to make it easier for U.S. farmers to sell goods to the communist island.

Groups such as the United States Tour Operators Association and the National Foreign Trade Council, a Washington-based organization of companies and trade associations, have called for a repeal of the ban, which is designed to isolate the regime of President Raul Castro and keep hard currency out of the country. The House Agriculture Committee passed a bill last month that would end the travelban and would simplify rules governing cash transactions with Cuba.

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