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With the backing of 55 bipartisan members of the 100 of the Capitol Upper House, were reintroduce yesterday with the leadership of Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that would eliminate current restrictions on traveling to Cuba for tourist purposes.

Additionally, ahead of the Trump Administration’s expected release of its U.S.-Cuba policy review, which will determine whether or not to continue policies that made it easier to travel to Cuba, this legislation would completely and permanently deregulate U.S. travel to Cuba.  (read more HERE)

Its approval would also eliminate the obstacles to banking transactions related to such trips.

This proposal, which was already presented at the 114th Congress in 2015 and failed to progress, is reintroduced in the Senate with 46 of its original cosponsors and although there is a majority for approval in the upper house, it must be presented and voted, in the same terms, by the House of Representatives, to be approved as a law.

Leahy noted that a bipartisan Senate majority agrees that the federal government should not tell Americans where they can travel or not, especially to a small country just 90 miles from Florida.

He added that the ban is not justified by national security or economic interests, and clarified that while this bill does not lift the blockade imposed by Washington to Havana, it would at least give Americans the right to freedom of travel .

According to surveys, 81 percent of the nation’s citizens, including seven in 10 Republicans, and 74 percent of the Cuban-resident community in Miami-Dade County, Florida, support travel to Cuba.