GOP controlled Senate Panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

Posted: 31-Jul-15 09:36

A GOP Controlled Senate panel has cast a vote to lift a ban on travel to Cuba that has been in place for many decades. This move will help to open up relations with the Caribbean island.

GOP controlled Senate Panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted to get rid of the ban on travel to Cuba. The vote was 18-12. This move will give a boost to the moves that US President Barack Obama has made to ease old travel restrictions to Cuba and open up a relationship with the nation. The GOP1 controlled Senate Appropriations Committee has also voted to block enforcement of a law prohibiting banks and other US businesses from financing the sale of U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba.

The Obama administration issued new rules in January to reduce travel restrictions between the USA and Cuba. Also, it will allow flights on a regular basis for the first time between the two nations in more than 50 years. This is the end of more than half a century of estrangement, allowing the two countries to re-establish diplomatic relations that were cut off during the Cold War.

The language of the Senate goes beyond the administration rules, which are lifting a requirement that Americans travellers must obtain a license from the Treasury Department before they travel to Cuba. Now travellers are able to visit Cuba as long as they can assert that their trip will serve educational, religious or other of the 12 permitted purposes. All of these changes reflect the desire to ease the five decade Cuba trade embargo and reduce travel restrictions to the island.

The panel has also voted on many other restrictions, such as lifting the requirement banning vessels that have shipped goods to Cuba from returning to the US until six months have passed.

The US and Cuba severed their diplomatic ties in 1961 amid the Cold War and they maintained a financial, economic and commercial embargo until July of this year. The negotiations between Raul Castro and Barack Obama to normalise relations between Cuba and the USA have been nicknamed the "Cuban Thaw" by the media. These negotiations were made in secret in Vatican City and Canada and they led to the lifting of travel restrictions as well as giving US banks access to the Cuban financial system and fewer restrictions on remittances.

Also, another restriction that was loosened in April was in regards to telecommunications, which means that Cuba will have access to faster and better internet.

Notes:

1 GOP: Grand Old Party, common nickname used on the USA to refer to the Republican Party.


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