Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Quietly (or not so quietly depending how much of a Cuba watcher you are) four bills in the House and one bill in the Senate have been introduced that will in some way, if passed, change US Cuba policy.
Go to Thomas.gov and search for any of these bills for more information and current updates on their status.
Baseball Diplomacy Act - Waives certain foreign assistance and trade and travel prohibitions against Cuba under specified federal law regarding Cuban nationals who: (1) enter the United States on a visa to play organized professional baseball; and (2) return to Cuba with their baseball earnings. States that such visa shall be valid only for the duration of the season and need not be renewed as long as the player remains with the same team.
Prohibits the President from denying visas to such nationals based upon authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict any entry of aliens or class of aliens that would be detrimental to U.S. interests.
Declares that this Act shall not be affected by the economic embargo requirements against Cuba under the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996.
Cuba Reconciliation Act - Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (including other specified laws) to repeal the embargo placed upon all trade with Cuba.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to declare the denial of foreign tax credit inapplicable to Cuba.
Permits: (1) installation and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and facilities in Cuba, including telecommunications services between the United States and Cuba; and (2) travel to and from Cuba by U.S. citizens or residents.
Requires the U.S. Postal Service to provide direct mail service to and from Cuba.
Pursuit of International Education (PIE) Act of 2009 - Prohibits the use of funds made available to the Department of the Treasury to implement, administer, or enforce regulations to require specific licenses for travel-related transactions directly related to educational activities in Cuba.
Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act - Prohibits the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel, except in time of war or armed hostilities between the United States and Cuba, or of imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of U.S. travelers.
Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act - Prohibits the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents, or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel. Prohibits any regulation restricting or prohibiting such travel from having any effect. Makes the preceding provisions inapplicable in time of war or armed hostilities between the United States and Cuba, or if there is imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of U.S. travelers.
Lastly, the Lexington Institute offers this Issues for the 111th Congress 53 page document that goes into great detail explaining the current situation in Cuba and the state of affairs between the US and Cuba.