US lower house would prohibit funding for future embassy in Cuba
A bill released on Tuesday by the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives of the United States prohibits funding to an embassy or other diplomatic offices of that country in Cuba.
The measure prohibits funding any representation created in the island after the announcement by President Barack Obama last December on the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba.
The bill also restricts funds to facilitate the opening of an embassy of Havana in the United States, increases support to "democratic initiatives" -known as "regime change" - and international media in Cuba and provides instructions to the Department of State to refuse visas to members of the army and the Cuban Communist Party.
Some congressmen, led mainly by right-wing Cuban-American Republican congressmen, have objected to the change in US policy toward Cuba. They have promised to use laws such as the law of assignment to try to block the initiative of Obama, a Democrat.