new anti-Cuba bill
WASHINGTON, December 13.— The U.S.
Congress is discussing a bill which, if approved,
will once again further restrict travel to Cuba by
U.S. and Cuban-born citizens, as well as the sending
of remittances to the island.
The initiative, sponsored by Mario
Díaz-Balart, Republican representative from Florida,
is included in the 2012 federal budget bill,
currently being debated in the House of
Representatives, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The measure attempts to reinstate
the restrictions approved during the George W. Bush
administration allowing one visit every three years
for Cuban Americans in the context of family
reunions and a limit of $1,200 in remittances.
The supposed relaxation of sanctions
approved by President Barack Obama last January,
facilitating academic, religious, cultural or
sporting visits which promote what the Oval Office
calls ‘person to person contact,’ would thus be
The legislation is being attached to
the budget bill which is essential to the country
and has a strong possibility of being passed by the
House and Senate before December 16, according to
Democratic representative from New
York, Jose E. Serrano, who is opposed to any kind of
sanctions against Cuba, affirmed that he is seeking
a consensus within the House to halt the move, the
U.S. government backed legislative
and institutional aggression against Havana has been
This past October, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
openly asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for
much tougher action against the Cuban government.
Lehtinen's provocative statement
compounds others made throughout the year in the
same tone, by Congress members considered anti-Cuban
reactionaries: Marco Rubio, Bob Menéndez, David
Rivera, Bob Graham and Bill Nelson, among others.
These legislators defend the
harshest government policies against Cuba,
fundamentally meant to reinforce the economic
blockade, stifle the nation's finances and banking
sector, and block the development of its oil