Tag Archives: Diaz-Balart Amendment

December 16, 2011


We are thrilled to announce that the language threatening Cuban American travel and remittances has been dropped from the end-of-year spending bill. This news comes as a great relief to the thousands of Cuban Americans traveling to visit their families, the countless Cubans on the island who depend on support… read more »

December 16, 2011

Bid to tighten up Cuba travel dropped from budget bill

Juan O. Tamayo, the Miami Herald – Congressional leaders dropped both a measure to restrict Cuban-American travel and remittances to the island and another to make it easier for Cuba to buy U.S. goods, putting some of the final touches Thursday on a compromise $1 trillion spending bill.. The agreement… read more »

December 15, 2011


Three new pieces of information on the budget stand-off and the effort to curtail Cuban American travel to Cuba. 1. House Appropriation Chairman offers to rewrite budget bill and drop the Cuba language The National Journal is reporting this afternoon that Congressman Hal Rogers has agreed to rewrite the end… read more »

December 15, 2011

Rogers Reopening Spending Package; Could Break Legislative Logjam

Major Garrett, The National Journal – House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., has agreed to reopen the pending nine-bill spending package and rewrite language that sought to reinstate the Bush-era travel ban to Cuba, a move designed to address White House concerns and win the backing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,… read more »

December 15, 2011

Developments on battle over cutting back Cuban American travel

This is an update on the effort in Congress to sharply cutback both travel by Cuban Americans to Cuba and their rights to provide financial support to their families.  This effort would upend the Obama travel reforms which provide Cuban Americans unlimited opportunities to visit and support their families. The… read more »

December 15, 2011

Who is standing up for Cuban American travel rights? Rep. Jose Serrano

In the battle over legislation to sharply curtail Cuban American family travel, Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-16) has been speaking with a particularly sharp and strong voice. Serrano, historically an advocate for normalizing relations with Cuba, has been fighting the effort by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart to return the family travel rules… read more »

December 15, 2011

Supporters rally for U.S. travel to Cuba

Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – Supporters of unrestricted Cuban American travel and remittances to Cuba demanded Wednesday that Congress reject a bid by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart to again put a tight limit on the trips and cash assistance allowed. Congressional staffers said House-Senate negotiations on the massive government… read more »

July 26, 2011

Chris Sabatini: A breath of freedom suffocated

Christopher Sabatini, Huffington Post – Picture this: in a brief moment of reform, the veil of isolation is lifted over an autocratic island. Cubans are allowed to travel freely to visit relatives, breaking a half-century of lockdown to get a taste of the world outside. Realizing the risks that this… read more »

July 13, 2011

Congressional Amendment Threatens Cuban Families

Yoani Sanchez, The Huffington Post – With regards to the new amendment presented in the U.S. Congress to restrict travel and remittances to Cuba. We lived in a dark time in 1992 and this daughter of a train engineer with no train had decided to drop out of high school…. read more »

July 12, 2011

Cuban American Commission for Family Rights Ad Against Diaz-Balart Amendment in El Nuevo Herald

Cuban American Commission for Family Rights Cuban-American residents of South Florida: Your right to travel to Cuba to visit your family is in danger of being suspended! It is urgent that we inform you that Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), has proposed an amendment to legislation now before the Congress to… read more »