IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 15, 2010
Ms. Klobuchar (for herself and Mr. Enzi) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
To remove obstacles to legal sales of United States agricultural commodities to Cuba and to end certain travel restrictions to Cuba.
This Act may be cited as the
Travel Restriction Reform and Export
Travel to Cuba
On and after the date of the enactment of this Act, and subject to subsection (b)—
the President may not regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly, travel to or from Cuba by United States citizens or lawful permanent residents, or any of the transactions incident to such travel; and
any regulation in effect on such date of enactment that regulates or prohibits travel to or from Cuba by United States citizens or lawful permanent residents or transactions incident to such travel shall cease to have any force or effect.
Subsection (a) 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.
This section 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.
Inapplicability of other provisions
The provisions of this section 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)).
Clarification of payment terms under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000
Section 908(b)(4) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7207(b)(4)) is amended—
(B), by striking
and at the end;
(C), by striking the period at the end and inserting
by adding at the end the following:
the term payment of cash in advance means, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the payment by the purchaser of an agricultural commodity or product and the receipt of such payment by the seller prior to—
the transfer of title of such commodity or product to the purchaser; and
the release of control of such commodity or product to the purchaser.
Authorization of direct transfers between Cuban and United States financial institutions under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the President may not restrict direct transfers from a Cuban financial institution to a United States financial institution executed in payment for a product authorized for sale under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7201 et seq.).