Cuba Politics

Congress to Vote in September on Freedom to Travel to Cuba

Posted September 03, 2003 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

From Latin America Working Group Press Release

In early September, Congress will vote on whether to give Americans their freedom back – their freedom to travel to Cuba. Now is the time to contact your representatives in the House and Senate, and the message is simple, direct, and clear: Vote for Freedom, lift the ban on legal travel by Americans to Cuba.

Please make your voice heard today by going to

The vote on legal travel will occur in the House of Representatives in just the next few days. The freedom to travel amendment will be offered by Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and other members of the House Cuba Working Group.

Sanctions like the travel ban have existed in law for forty years, and they only serve to punish the Cuban and American people. There are voices in the Congress who like things just the way they are; these zealous supporters of the embargo and the travel ban will say anything and do anything to keep Americans from travelling to Cuba. Are they playing politics with the Cuban-American vote in Florida? Yes, they are!

But the American people want the travel ban lifted, and our Members of Congress need to know that they have your support for changing a policy that short-changes our constitutional rights.

Specifically, we urge you to say:

Vote YES on the Flake amendment to end the travel ban.

Vote NO on false alternatives that delay us reaching our goal

And insist on action THIS YEAR.

With your help, we can win this vote in the House and establish even greater momentum for the votes in the Senate that will soon follow. The Freedom to Travel should be the right of all citizens; contacting Congress to urge a positive vote is the responsibility of all of us who want this freedom restored.

Your action right now is critical. Please go to and send a message to your Member of Congress today!

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