HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 4 – US Senator Christopher Dodd, the retiring chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, traveled to Cuba over the weekend reportedly to discuss ways to break the stalemate and improve bilateral relations.
Dodd is a long-time opponent of the travel ban on ordinary US citizens from visiting Cuba and is a critic of the nearly half-century economic embargo on the island. The US government’s Radio Marti speculated that the senator may be seeking the release of US agent Alan Gross, held in Cuba since December when he was caught allegedly distributing illegal electronic equipment.
Several bills to lift the travel ban and chip away at the embargo have sat in House and Senate committees for well over a year and if Republicans make inroads in congressional elections in November, the new Congress in January is expected to be less likely to change the status quo on Cuba.
Senator Dodd’s website has yet to mention the trip to Havana.