U.S. State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley told journalists on
Tuesday that the budget unveiled Monday for the U.S. fiscal year that
starts Oct. 1, 2011, included a $20-million (fot2) allocation for
"promoting democracy'' in Cuba – the same level of funding as in the
previous two fiscal years.
The comment came in reply to a question about Alan Gross, a U.S.
government subcontractor jailed in Havana since late 2009 for delivering
satellite communications equipment to Jewish groups. His work was paid
out of the Cuba democracy programs.
In another Cuba-related development, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a
longtime critic of Radio/TV Marti, has filed an amendment to a must-pass
House spending bill that would eliminate all of the U.S. broadcaster's
funding: $30 million.
–JUAN O. TAMAYO.