Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cuba travel bill put on hold

Cuba travel bill put on hold
Published: Sept. 29, 2010 at 8:06 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A bill lifting restrictions on travel to
Cuba has been put on hold by a panel of the U.S. House of
Representatives, the chairman says.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee was scheduled to mark up the bill
Wednesday but an analysis by The Hill indicated only 15 members were
publicly committed to voting in favor of the measure.

Panel Chairman Howard Berman, D-Calif., needs 24 votes to get the bill
out of committee and onto the House floor.

"I am postponing consideration of H.R. 4645 until a time when the
committee will be able to hold the robust and uninterrupted debate this
important issue deserves," Berman said in a statement released Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated recently if Berman's committee
approved the bill, it could be brought to the House floor either before
or after the November midterm elections.

The measure lifts travel restrictions to Cuba on U.S. citizens and
permanent residents of the United States.

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