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Fri Jun 5, 2015, 02:50 AM

Cuba Travel 2015: Amendment To Restricting Flying From US Fails

Source: International Business Times

Cuba Travel 2015: Amendment To Restricting Flying From US Fails
By Eben Blake @ebenblake on June 04 2015 6:28 PM EDT

An amendment to eliminate a measure that would restrict travel to Cuba failed Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives, reported the Hill. Previously Republicans had added a provision to the funding bill for both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to prevent licensing flights or cruise ships to Cuba if they involved property confiscated by the Castro regime. The provisions were part of the $55.3 billion measure to curb President Barack Obama administration's recent thawing of relations with Cuba.

By preventing the licensing of flights and ships under specific circumstances, proponents aimed to continue some form of a ban on U.S. travel to Cuba. The failed amendment, which would have reversed the provisions, was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and lost by a vote of 176-247. "Not only are the current provisions in this bill wrong for diplomacy, they're patently anti-business," said Lee.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee who authored the measure and is also a Cuban-American, said the amendment was only meant to protect property seized by the Castro government, according to the Hill. "Increased travel to Cuba directly funds the individuals and institutions that oppress the Cuban people," Diaz-Balart said, according to NBC News.

In December, Obama announced that he would begin normalizing and restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, which has not had a U.S. Embassy since 1961 and the Cuban Revolution. The United States had maintained some form of trade embargo with Cuba ever since that time period.

Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/cuba-travel-2015-amendment-restricting-flying-us-fails-1953317

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 05:09 AM

1. What a dreadful writer

 

"An amendment to eliminate a measure that would restrict travel to Cuba failed..."

Not failing to stop using multiple negatives isn't a bad idea.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 07:53 AM

3. I had to reread that a few times

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 07:56 AM

4. This one is a mind-bender too

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141110475

"Two Texans guilty of selling illegal immigrants entry to fake Native American tribe"

How you would sell anything to a fake Native American tribe or what, exactly, is an illegal immigrant entry, are exercises for the reader.

I actually gave up on trying to decode the headline of this thread. Can we go to Cuba or not?

"Amendment to restricting flying from US fails" looks almost as if it is in search of a verb. Simply because there are sometimes US fails is hardly a reason to fly from those fails, but I don't see why anyone should be restricted from flying to get away from fail.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 07:51 AM

2. IBT Caption And Article Say Two Separate Things

The International Business Times article and the photo caption say two different things. The article says that Representative Lee's efforts to stop Mario Diaz-Balart's amendment to restrict US travel to Cuba failed while the photo caption said that Representative Lee's efforts succeeded.

Yeah, sloppy writing.

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