House Votes to Curtail Flights and Vessels to Cuba

Thursday, June 4, 2015
This morning, by a vote of 247-176, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a provision that would prohibit the use of confiscated property by any new flights or vessels authorized for travel to Cuba.

The provision in the Transportation Appropriations bill ("THUD Appropriations"), supported by more than 25 Democrats, ensures that no new flights or vessels approved for travel to Cuba under President Obama's new policy can be facilitated through, or benefit from, confiscated property.

In other words, that the Castro regime should not be able to use stolen property for its commercial benefit.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) sought to remove the provisions from the bill, but failed in her effort.

This is the second floor vote in two days in which President Obama's Cuba policy has been rejected by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Yesterday, the House supported a provision -- by a vote of 273-153 -- in the Commerce, Justice Appropriations bill ("CJS Appropriations") ensuring that no U.S. exports can be facilitated through entities owned or controlled by officers of the Cuban military and security services, or their immediate family.