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H.R. 874 (111th): Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 4, 2009 (Introduced).


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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 874

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 4, 2009

(for himself, Mr. Flake, Ms. DeLauro, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Ms. Edwards of Maryland, Mr. Paul, and Mr. Farr) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act.

2.

Travel to Cuba

On and after the date of the enactment of this Act, and subject to section 3—

(1)

the President may not regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly, travel to or from Cuba by United States citizens or legal residents, or any of the transactions incident to such travel; and

(2)

any regulation in effect on such date of enactment that regulates or prohibits travel to or from Cuba by United States citizens or legal residents or transactions incident to such travel shall cease to have any force or effect.

3.

Exceptions

Section 2 shall not apply in a case in which the United States is at war with Cuba, armed hostilities between the two countries are in progress, or there is imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of United States travelers.

4.

Applicability

This Act applies to actions taken by the President before the date of the enactment of this Act that are in effect on such date of enactment, and to actions taken on or after such date.

5.

Inapplicability of other provisions

The provisions of this Act apply notwithstanding section 102(h) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 (22 U.S.C. 6032(h)) and section 910(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7210(b)).