Last week a House Appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill which contains provisions that would impact people-to-people travel to Cuba.
The bill has been dubbed the “Jay-Z, Beyoncé Bill” by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee who opposes the provision, as it’s timing appears in response to the kerfuffle caused by the celebrity couple’s travel to Cuba in April.
It's time to end the unfair and unjust travel ban to Cuba!
Eligibility for travel to Cuba has fluctuated during the Obama Administration, with dozens of people-to-people licenses granted in the last two and a half years, allowing U.S. citizens greater ability to learn more about the island. But this bill would threaten to eliminate people-to-people travel and once again restrict travel to Cuba to educational exchanges involving academic study related to a degree program.
Take action to let President Obama know that he took a positive step in liberalizing travel regulations and he needs not only DEFEND these measures but also EXPAND them and grant general licenses for all categories of travel.
Your voice will ensure that the White House stays squarely focused on moving U.S. policy towards Cuba out of the Cold War and towards a brighter future that, at the very least, fosters people-to-people ties.
The Global Exchange Cuba Team
P.S. Find out if you qualify to travel to Cuba, and support our work to end the 50 year blockade, remove Cuba from the list of countries supporting terrorism, and free the Cuban 5.
P.P.S. For recent news about the freedom to travel to Cuba, visit our People-to-People blog.