Flake Statement on Regulations to Ease Travel and Trade Restrictions Toward Cuba

F000444[1]U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today made the following the statement regarding newly-announced federal regulations to better facilitate exports, air service and travel to Cuba:

“After fifty years of regulatory inertia, I am pleased to see a sustained effort to ease antiquated travel and trade restrictions toward Cuba. Hopefully, such progress in the effort to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations spurs Congress to consider more permanent solutions, starting with legislation to restore the freedom of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba.”

Background: Flake, with the support of a bipartisan coalition of 46 senators including U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (R-Vt.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), has introduced S. 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act. The bill would end restrictions in laws enacted in 1996 and 2000 on travel by American citizens and legal residents to Cuba – restrictions that do not exist for travel by Americans to any other country in the world.

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