Senate Vote in Favor of Better Relations with Cuba
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted to include four amendments that favor further relations with Cuba, as part of an appropriations bill for the next fiscal year.
Among the most important amendments is the removal of the travel restrictions that prevent American tourists from visiting the Island. The amendment was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and was approved by acclamation.
U.S. Senators John Boozman, republican of Arkansas and Jon Tester, Democrat of Massachusetts, introduced an amendment to allow private farmers and American banks to provide financing to Cuban enterprises for the import of agricultural products. This amendment also eliminated the requirement that American ships obtain a license from the Treasury Department to load or unload goods in a Cuban port.
Another amendment was also included to allow the export of consumer communication devices or telecommunications services to Cuba.
A final one relevant to Cuba, was the permitting of refueling at the Bangor Airport for international flights en route to or from Cuba.
You can read the original documents: http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/markup-of-the-fy2017-interior-appropriations-bill-and-fy2017-financial-services-general-government-appropriations-bill
[PHOTO] US Senator Patrick Leahy