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house Bill H.R. 634

Should People in the U.S. be Able to Travel to Cuba?

Argument in favor

The Cold War is over. The President has already endorsed rekindling the U.S./Cuba relationship, and easing antiquated restrictions on travel will strengthen diplomacy efforts on both sides.

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05/16/2015
Americans can travel to other communist nations and those under oppressive control so it doesn't make sense free travel to Cuba shouldn't be allowed. It's time to end the embargo.
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04/13/2015
American policy toward Cuba has failed unequivocally. It's time to try an alternative approach.
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David214's Opinion
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08/18/2016
Why shouldn't we?? Because some old Cubans here in Miami tell us not to. Forget it!
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Argument opposed

Cuba is still a repressive dictatorship and allowing Americans to travel there only lends legitimacy to the Cuban regime. Easing the travel ban could give the Castro family a chance to reassert themselves.

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04/26/2015
We should remember that we fought communism throughout the 20th century. Even though most people don't know this, in the late 1930s the Communist Party of the United States of America found it self falling out of favor with the people. In an effort to stay alive it renamed itself. The new name was, The Progressive Party of the United States. There is a major effort promoted by this party to change the face of America. To take away freedom and make people of the United States subjects, not citizens. I for one, would choose self-governance and citizenship. This is America. We do not need a government to tell us how to live or pursue happiness. Citizens can do that on their own!in keeping with that ideal up freedom I don't believe we should have a normal relations with communist countries. If you pay attention to world news you will find that they still will do anything to destroy our way of life. Let's not give them any help!
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Delaware57's Opinion
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05/15/2015
Why support their economy? Cubans left there and they will not support Castro.
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Craig's Opinion
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06/16/2015
As much as I would like to see Cuba, I cant' see allowing US dollars to prop up the Castro dictatorship.
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What is House Bill H.R. 634?

This bill would prohibit the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by any U.S. citizens or legal residents. It would end the longstanding travel ban on U.S. citizens going to or from Cuba that prevents spending U.S. currency in Cuba.


This would include travel-related transactions such as baggage fees, living expenses, travel arrangements, voyage-related fees, and normal banking transactions. Transporting items other personal baggage would remain prohibited.


All of these provisions would be prohibited from restricting presidential authority during a state of war between the U.S. and Cuba, or imminent danger to the public health and safety of U.S. travelers. It also would prohibit this legislation from prohibiting the President from authorizing U.S. importation of personal consumption goods that were purchased in Cuba.

Impact

U.S. citizens who would like to travel to Cuba, U.S. travel agencies, Cuban commerce.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 634

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth:

Following the Cuban Revolution that saw Fidel Castro establish a communist regime in Cuba, relations between the U.S. and Cuba have been tense. In 1960, two years after Castro’s revolution succeeded, the U.S. banned all exports into Cuba aside from food and medicine. The failed Bay of Pigs operation and the Cuban Missile Crisis over the next two years exacerbated the tensions, which led to the enactment of a ban on all imports from Cuba.


While the U.S. never explicitly banned travel to and from Cuba as part of its embargo — but it did create rules that made it essentially impossible to travel into Cuba without violating them. The Obama administration had previously eased regulations on Cuban-Americans traveling to-and-from Cuba. The travel restrictions did not prevent U.S. citizens from traveling to another country and going to Cuba from there, and about 98,000 Americans did just that in 2012 despite technically being in violation of the law.


Many have argued that Cuba’s record on human rights and its status as a totalitarian dictatorship should preclude the U.S. from easing restrictions on Cuba in exchange for democratic elections, releasing political prisoners, among other conditions. According to Freedom House’s index of Freedom in the World, globally Cuba has some of the worst political rights.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) Press Release

International Business Times

Vox

Reuters


(Photo Credit: Flickr user flippinyank)

AKA

Export Freedom to Cuba Act of 2015

Official Title

To allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade
    IntroducedFebruary 2nd, 2015
    Americans can travel to other communist nations and those under oppressive control so it doesn't make sense free travel to Cuba shouldn't be allowed. It's time to end the embargo.
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    We should remember that we fought communism throughout the 20th century. Even though most people don't know this, in the late 1930s the Communist Party of the United States of America found it self falling out of favor with the people. In an effort to stay alive it renamed itself. The new name was, The Progressive Party of the United States. There is a major effort promoted by this party to change the face of America. To take away freedom and make people of the United States subjects, not citizens. I for one, would choose self-governance and citizenship. This is America. We do not need a government to tell us how to live or pursue happiness. Citizens can do that on their own!in keeping with that ideal up freedom I don't believe we should have a normal relations with communist countries. If you pay attention to world news you will find that they still will do anything to destroy our way of life. Let's not give them any help!
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    American policy toward Cuba has failed unequivocally. It's time to try an alternative approach.
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    Travel bans are archaic.
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    Why on Earth would you WANT to?!
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    Why support their economy? Cubans left there and they will not support Castro.
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    As much as I would like to see Cuba, I cant' see allowing US dollars to prop up the Castro dictatorship.
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    Let US citizens travel to Cuba. Resume trade. Let Cubans have Communism if they want it. It probably won't last long. The USSR is gone. Cuba isn't a threat. Enjoy the beach!
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    Americans should be free to travel wherever they want.
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    If jackass Obama can go. All Americans should be able to
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    It's time to open until travel to Cuba
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    With the easing and warming relations between Cuba and the United States, we should try to match friendly relations, besides we can also restrict it if Cuba reverses its trend
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    We support enough other repressive regimes, apartheid states, and morally bankrupt dictators that Cuba is not an issue. This red scare has gone on long enough.
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    Why shouldn't we?? Because some old Cubans here in Miami tell us not to. Forget it!
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    No travel to shit hole countries whose people accept dictatorship
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    Why not
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    Nothing's changed in Cuba. The government needs to change before the U.S. Goes there.
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    yes. the infusion of tourists dollars will help the country become a better ally and stop the death of so many trying to get to the US and stop illegal immigration.
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    Trade saves lives, brings nations closer and lifts people out of poverty
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    Cuba
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