This is different.
It’s the Congressional equivalent of a “man bites dog” story – we actually have good news to report on U.S. policy. The House Appropriations Committee has approved three provisions in a Treasury Department budget bill that would loosen restrictions on Cuban Americans who want to visit the island to see their families and make it easier for the U.S. to sell food to the Cuban people.
President Bush has always vowed to veto legislation like this, and Congress has blinked under pressure before. But as we look past the Bush administration and toward a new era of U.S.-Cuba relations, it is a welcome indication that some legislators are willing to entertain reforms in a failed policy that divides families and uses food as a political weapon. Good work, House Appropriations, and thanks to our champions, who include Representatives Jose Serrano and Rosa DeLauro.
This is not different.
If these reforms are theory, then Florida’s efforts to make travel harder is a fact. See our report on Florida putting new obstacles in the way of travel service providers who help Cuban-Americans reunite with their families. Family values? Not in Florida.
Read on, and you’ll learn about developments in medicine, sports diplomacy, and improvements in the European Union’s diplomacy toward Cuba.
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