Committee Postpones Action On Cuban Trade, Travel Ban Until After Election

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

AG Week

Farm groups' efforts to convince Congress to end the ban on American travel to Cuba and permanently ease regulations on the financing of sales of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba were stalled September 28 when House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman, D-Calif., postponed much-anticipated committee action on the on the bill until after the electionů

Jake Colvin of the National Foreign Trade Council, which had organized business and agriculture groups in favor of the bill, said in an interview, "We were convinced the votes were finally there." But Colvin also noted that Berman would have needed every vote and that if any committee member had been absent, the bill might have failed.

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