October 28, 2003
Senate-House Press Conference to Highlight Vote Suspending Cuba Travel Ban
Congress Working to End Sanctions and Promote Democracy in Cuba
Event: Press Conference highlighting the successful passage in both the House and Senate to
eliminate funding for enforcement of the Cuba travel ban.
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 12 noon
Location: Senate Radio-TV gallery, U.S. Capitol
Attendees: Senate and House cosponsors of the Cuba travel amendment, including U.S. Senators
Max Baucus (D-Mont.) Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Larry Craig (R-Ind.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)
and Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), among others.
On October 23, 2003, the U.S. Senate voted 59-36 in favor of eliminating funding that goes
toward the enforcement of the Cuba travel ban. This vote mirrored similar House action taken in
September, with a vote of 227-188, to eliminate travel ban funding. The amendment was included
in the fiscal year 2004 Treasury-Transportation Appropriations Bill.
In recent months, momentum has grown in Congress and across the country for strengthened
relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Earlier this year, bipartisan "Cuba Working Groups" were
formed in both the House and Senate, with the goal of examining U.S. policies toward Cuba and
determining the steps Congress can take to increase trade and strengthen the relationship between
the two countries.
Sens. Baucus, Enzi, and Dorgan, among others have introduced legislation in the Senate to
remove travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. Companion legislation has been introduced
in the House by Reps. Flake, Delahunt and others.
In addition, a number of Members of Congress, including Baucus, have recently traveled to
Cuba and met with leading dissidents, members of the Cuban government and the Cuban business
At the press conference, the Members will be urging the Appropriations conference
committee and the Administration to uphold the will of Congress and retain the Cuba travel
provision in the final FY04 Treasury-Transportation legislation.