HAVANA TIMES, Feb. 5 —A bipartisan bill that would restore the right of US citizens to travel to Cuba was presented in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday. Four Democrats and four Republicans were the initial co-sponsors of H.R.874.
During his campaign President Obama promised to ease restrictions on Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba and send home remittances. While he did not commit himself to taking the ban off the rest of US citizens from traveling to the island, many analysts believe he would not veto such legislation if passed by Congress.
The bipartisan nature of the bill stems from a desire of a growing number of legislators and governors to open up trade with Cuba. Restoring Americans right to travel is considered to be a first step in that direction.
Currently US citizens need hard to get special permission to legally visit the island from an office of the US Treasury Department. They are subject to heavy fines or possible imprisonment for going illegally.
The four Democrats and four Republicans co-sponsoring the bill submitted by William Delahunt (D-MA) are Rosa L. De Lauro (D-CT); Donna F. Edwards (D-MD); Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO); Sam Farr (D-CA); Jeff Flake (R-AZ); Jerry Moran (R-KS); Ron Paul (R-TX) and James P McGovern (D-MA).