House Votes Overwhelmingly to Tighten Cuba Sanctions

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
This afternoon, by a vote of 273-153, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a provision that would tighten sanctions against the Castro regime.

The provision in the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice Appropriations ("CJS Appropriations") bill, supported by more than 30 Democrats, would ensure that no exports to Cuba under President Obama's new "Support for the Cuban People" category can go through entities owned or controlled by officers of Cuba's military ("MINFAR") and security services ("MININT"), or their immediate relatives.

U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) sought to remove the provision from the bill, but failed in his effort.

It's really hard to understand how any Member of Congress, let alone President Obama, could support doing business directly with Cuba's repressive military and security apparatus.

Fortunately, this common-sense provision, supported by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House, would prohibit such immoral and reprehensible transactions.