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house Bill H.R. 664

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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02/17/2015
Law-abiding U.S. citizens should have the freedom to travel anywhere they want unless there is a pressing national security reason to restrict their travel. Lifting the travel ban alone will not lend the Castro regime legitimacy, as many fear; the embargo is still pretty much in full effect, after all.
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03/05/2015
At this point there is no reason why we should bar American's from visiting Cuba, especially Cuban American's which may wish to visit the land of their fore fathers or previous homes.
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04/29/2015
Castro's Communist regime will likely die with him. It's imperative to build relations now so that the road to Cuban democratization can be as smooth as possible
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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 an chance to reassert themselves.

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05/16/2016
Absolutely no travel to Cuba. I also support no trade or support to a Communist country. This would place pressure on the Castro's government/Dictatorship. Examine what is currently taking place in Venezuela- the collapse of Socialism. Even with natural oil wealth, you can't afford gasoline or toilet paper. I suspect a dictatorship soon which will certainly include a famine. I also hope Iran stays out of the military takeover.
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Loraki's Opinion
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05/16/2016
Easing restrictions on travel amounts to more appeasement of a repressive dictatorship. Does anyone in Congress and the Obama administration understand about setting boundaries?? If you allow someone to disregard your boundaries, you know the old saying: "Give 'em an inch, and they'll take a mile!" The Castros have no respect for this country, our laws, or our leaders. Bullies and dictators only respect strength and power. The Cold War *may* be over, but the reasons for the restrictions against Cuba haven't changed.
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Mark's Opinion
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03/30/2016
People risk death to get out of that shit hole of a country. Anyone who would voluntarily go there needs to be committed.
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What is House Bill H.R. 664?

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. 664

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

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Official Title

To allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
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  • 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
    Law-abiding U.S. citizens should have the freedom to travel anywhere they want unless there is a pressing national security reason to restrict their travel. Lifting the travel ban alone will not lend the Castro regime legitimacy, as many fear; the embargo is still pretty much in full effect, after all.
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    At this point there is no reason why we should bar American's from visiting Cuba, especially Cuban American's which may wish to visit the land of their fore fathers or previous homes.
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    The Cuban regime is changing, and the Cuban people desperately want change.
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    Castro's Communist regime will likely die with him. It's imperative to build relations now so that the road to Cuban democratization can be as smooth as possible
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    Absolutely no travel to Cuba. I also support no trade or support to a Communist country. This would place pressure on the Castro's government/Dictatorship. Examine what is currently taking place in Venezuela- the collapse of Socialism. Even with natural oil wealth, you can't afford gasoline or toilet paper. I suspect a dictatorship soon which will certainly include a famine. I also hope Iran stays out of the military takeover.
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    The distinction between dictatorship and democracy erodes with each passing day we allow corporations the same rights as people. Cuba has better medical care than we do. Americans should be allowed to go to Cuba for medical care since we cant care for our own.
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    They have one of the best medical systems in the world. As well as the mutual boost of tourism. We cant start to change things if we don't at least try. If the Castros do try and reassert themselves we can intervene more easily if we have diplomatic relations.
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    I like traveling. Why is Cuba off limits? It's a pretty ridiculous embargo to begin with.
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    Easing restrictions on travel amounts to more appeasement of a repressive dictatorship. Does anyone in Congress and the Obama administration understand about setting boundaries?? If you allow someone to disregard your boundaries, you know the old saying: "Give 'em an inch, and they'll take a mile!" The Castros have no respect for this country, our laws, or our leaders. Bullies and dictators only respect strength and power. The Cold War *may* be over, but the reasons for the restrictions against Cuba haven't changed.
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    By allowing people to travel to Cuba, the US is increasing contact between Americans and Cubans. This is beneficial because Cubans will see first hand that the American regime isn't as bad as the Cuban propaganda makes it out to me. In effect, the US is weakening the regime by allowing citizens to travel to Cuba.
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    We should not deal with them other than get someone in power that takes care of its citizens.
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    No. The Castro regime has not proven to treat their citizens any better than cattle. Until they show an open Republic where the people are truly free, no US citizens should be allowed to travel there and no Cuban citizens should be allowed to travel to the US. Trade should also not be engaged.
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    All that would do is provide that Communist regime with the dollars that it is starved for. I have friends that got out of Cuba one step ahead oh Castro's goons and had to leave everything behind. There is nothing to prove that the situation is almost as bad today.
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    We should not support Castro, even those that left there.
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    People risk death to get out of that shit hole of a country. Anyone who would voluntarily go there needs to be committed.
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    Sure.
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    You should be free to travel if you a American
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    I feel like the bad blood has started to subside and we should start to work once again to stabilizing our relationship with Cuba.
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    No, no one should be allowed to travel to Cuba until our country knows it safe for Americans to travel there and the present regime is revamped. That should apply to businesses as well especially lawmakers that have skin in those future money making ventures.
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