Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mario's Christmas amendment: Not yet a done deal

  • National Journal: The House Appropriations Committee chair will re-open discussions about the spending bill with an eye to dropping the Diaz-Balart amendment to restore the Bush regulations on Cuban-American travel and remittances.

  • The Herald on the negative reaction to Rep. Diaz-Balart’s measure.

  • Bring on the smelling salts: Our friend Mauricio is swooning at the idea that the President of the United States would issue a statement about human rights in Cuba, and at the same time dare to mention his own policies.


Anonymous said...

I bet its hard to find more than 2% of Cubans living in Cuba who would support the travel restrictions (family or general).

Doesn't matter their view of the cuban govenrment, almost nobody in cuba agrees with US' hardline approach, b/c they know how counterproductive it is.

why doesn't the miami folks in power listen to the Cuban people?

Anonymous said...

As most Cubans I am very glad that the travel restrictions were not adopted as a part of the spending package.

However, they remain a s a Damocles sword influencing ongoing spy swap negotiations.

Remember the chess principle that a threat is often just as effective as a direct attack.