Bipartisan Congressional Support for Cuba Sanctions at Historic High

Friday, June 5, 2015
For those speculating on whether the U.S. Congress will unconditionally lift any sanctions towards Cuba, here are some sobering facts:

The last major Cuba vote that took place on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives was an amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill, which sought to ease a host of travel and financial sanctions. It was defeated 245-182.

Thus, yesterday's 273-153 vote to strengthen restrictions on certain exports and today's 247-176 vote to curtail any new flights and vessels show a historic level of bipartisan Congressional support for U.S. sanctions policy towards Cuba.

That's a pretty resounding challenge sent by the U.S. House of Representatives to the Obama Administration.