HAVANA TIMES, June 10 — In a letter to the US Congress seventy-four of Cuba’s dissidents have asked that the legislators lift the travel ban on US citizens visiting the island, in place for most of the last half century.
The request comes as the House of Representatives Agricultural Committee is expected to vote soon on the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act (H.R. 4645) that was introduced by the committee’s chairman Rep. Peterson (D-MN) and Rep. Moran (R-KS) earlier this year.
As written, the bill would restore U.S. citizens’ right to travel to Cuba and improve procedures for U.S. agricultural sales to the island.
According to the Latin American Working Group (LAWG), there are fears that the travel language will get stripped from the bill before passage out of the committee, but Rep. Peterson has said he is committed to pushing the bill through fully intact.
President Obama has not said whether he would sign a bill to allow travel to Cuba if it managed to pass both chambers of Congress.
Read the full text of the letter to the US Congress.