US Senate approves lifting travel ban on Cuba
Just a few days after the official resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, a committee of the US Senate has approved an amendment that would end the current restrictions on travel to Cuba suffering both American and Cuban residents in the US.
The text adopted today in the Appropriations Committee was presented last January -only a few weeks after the announcement of rapprochement between the two neighboring countries under the name Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act. At that time, the White House itself expressed satisfaction with the initiative, which reinforced the historical change announced by Obama on December 17 last year.
The initiative, which will now go to the full Senate, also would eliminate the penalty applicable to vessels that have carried goods to Cuba, with which the transfer of goods to the island and the subsequent arrival in US ports would no longer be incompatible. This change would be a major progress for Cuba and its commercial port relations.
The Senate Appropriations Committee was in favor of removing the obstacles that prevent Americans from traveling freely to Cuba, with 18 votes in favor (14 Democrats and four Republicans) and 12 against.