[HCCN] Freedom to Travel to Cuba

Judy Robbins jrobbins at mainecoastmail.com
Thu Feb 12 19:45:53 EST 2009


Friends,
President Obama has indicated that he would approve of loosening  
restrictions on travel to allow more family-to-family Cuban-American  
visits than are currently permitted. This is not enough. All US  
citizens should have the opportunity to travel freely to Cuba as they  
do to any other countries. Freedom to travel enlightens us all and  
benefits both ourselves and our neighbors. And, it is guaranteed in  
the Constitution. We do have the inherent right to travel.

This new legislation is deserving of support of our congressional  
representatives. Please contact Rep. Michaud and Rep. Pingree and  
encourage them to sign on as co-sponsors of HR 874. Delegations will  
be meeting with them soon to encourage their support and the more  
people they hear from, the more likely they will be to respond  
positively.

Freedom to travel matters.

Thank you,
Judy R.

Mike Michaud www.michaud.house.gov   "email Mike"
Chellie Pingree www.pingress.house.gov "contact"


Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (Introduced in House)
HR 874 IH



111th CONGRESS


1st Session
H. R. 874
To allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


February 4, 2009
Mr. DELAHUNT (for himself, Mr. FLAKE, Ms. DELAURO, Mrs. EMERSON, Mr.  
MCGOVERN, Mr. MORAN of Kansas, Ms. EDWARDS of Maryland, Mr. PAUL, and  
Mr. FARR) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the  
Committee on Foreign Affairs



A BILL
To allow travel between the United States and Cuba.



Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the  
United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.



This Act may be cited as the `Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act'.


SEC. 2. TRAVEL TO CUBA.



On and after the date of the enactment of this Act, and subject to  
section 3--


(1) the President may not regulate or prohibit, directly or  
indirectly, travel to or from Cuba by United States citizens or legal  
residents, or any of the transactions incident to such travel; and


(2) any regulation in effect on such date of enactment that regulates  
or prohibits travel to or from Cuba by United States citizens or  
legal residents or transactions incident to such travel shall cease  
to have any force or effect.


SEC. 3. EXCEPTIONS.



Section 2 shall not apply in a case in which the United States is at  
war with Cuba, armed hostilities between the two countries are in  
progress, or there is imminent danger to the public health or the  
physical safety of United States travelers.


SEC. 4. APPLICABILITY.



This Act applies to actions taken by the President before the date of  
the enactment of this Act that are in effect on such date of  
enactment, and to actions taken on or after such date.


SEC. 5. INAPPLICABILITY OF OTHER PROVISIONS.



The provisions of this Act apply notwithstanding section 102(h) of  
the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996  
(22 U.S.C. 6032(h)) and section 910(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform  
and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7210(b)).
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