Effort to Remove Cuba Language From Commerce Appropriations Defeated

Thursday, May 21, 2015
During today's full committee markup of the Commerce Justice Appropriations bill ("CJS"), U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) presented an amendment to remove language banning transactions with Cuba's military ("Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces") and security services ("Ministry of the Interior"), and business entities under their control.

(Click here to learn more about the provision.)

Farr was resoundingly defeated in a bipartisan fashion.

The Commerce Justice Appropriations bill, including the Cuban military and security services ban, passed the full committee shortly thereafter.

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee also marked up its Transportation Appropriations bill, which contains language prohibiting any new travel that exploits confiscated airports or maritime ports.

As such, there are now two must-pass bills that have been marked-up through the House, which contain language limiting President Obama's unilateral concessions to the Castro regime.