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S. 1287: Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act of 2017

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About the bill

The White House recently reversed an Obama-era liberalization of travel and business restrictions on Cuba. A bill with 55 Senate cosponsors — among the most of any legislation introduced this year — would revert back.

Context and what the bill does

In 2016, President Obama eased the ability for Americans to travel to and conduct business in Cuba, the island nation near Florida which has been under Communist rule by the Castro brothers since 1959. Obama visited Cuba himself later that summer, the first time a sitting American president had done so ...

Sponsor and status

Jeff Flake

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Arizona. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 25, 2017
Length: 3 pages

May 25, 2017


Introduced on May 25, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 25, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 25, 2017

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S. 1287 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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