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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Luckily $50 a Day Goes Far in a Socialist paradise

Congress is trying to up restrictions on travel to Cuba. You may have to wait to until next year to get your hands on the cigars and putas though:
WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling Congress are trying to loosen restrictions on allowing people of Cuban descent to visit their relatives on the island.

But efforts underway in Congress — including a measure adopted by a Senate panel on Thursday — appear unlikely to loosen the restrictions before President Bush leaves office in January.

Bush opposes efforts gaining steam in Congress to ease a longstanding embargo and recently-toughened travel restrictions on Cuba. His veto promises have carried the day despite majority support for loosening restrictions on travel to Cuba and trade with the authoritarian state.

The Senate panel would block enforcement of restrictions imposed in 2004 on family travel to Cuba. Prior to the 2004 policy change, Cuban-Americans could travel to Cuba once a year to visit relatives, spend up to $170 a day and visit for an unlimited duration.

Now, family visits are limited to once every three years for no more than 14 days. Spending is capped at $50 per day.
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