H. R. 1886
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 12, 2011
Mr. Rangel (for himself, Mr. Towns, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Rush, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Stark, Ms. Richardson, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Bass of California, and Mr. Polis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
To allow travel between the United States and Cuba.
This Act may be cited as the
Export Freedom to Cuba Act of
Travel to Cuba
Freedom of travel for United States citizens and legal residents
Subject to section 3, the President shall 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 as specified in subsection (b). The President shall rescind all regulations in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act that so regulate or prohibit such travel or transactions.
Transactions incident to travel
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the transactions referred to in subsection (a) are—
any transactions ordinarily incident to travel to or from Cuba, including the importation into Cuba or the United States of accompanied baggage for personal use only;
any transactions ordinarily incident to travel or maintenance within Cuba, including the payment of living expenses and the acquisition of goods or services for personal use;
any transactions ordinarily incident to the arrangement, promotion, or facilitation of travel to, from, or within Cuba;
any transactions incident to nonscheduled air, sea, or land voyages, except that this paragraph does not authorize the carriage of articles into Cuba or the United States except accompanied baggage; and
normal banking transactions incident to the activities described in the preceding provisions of this subsection, including the issuance, clearing, processing, or payment of checks, drafts, travelers checks, credit or debit card instruments, or similar instruments.
Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the importation into the United States of any goods for personal consumption acquired in Cuba.
The restrictions on authority described in 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.
This Act applies to actions taken by the President before the date of the enactment of this Act which are in effect on such date, and to actions taken on or after such date.
Inapplicability of other provisions
This Act applies 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. 7209(b)).