Report: Senate Panel Approves Lift of Travel Ban to Cuba

Havana, Cuba // Photo by Joe Pike

The Hill is reporting that a Senate panel easily approved a spending bill amendment on Thursday that would lift a travel ban preventing American tourists from flying to Cuba.

Prior to advancing the fiscal 2017 spending bill for financial services and general government, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted four separate amendments related to travel and trade with Cuba, according to the report. 

According to the report, one amendment approved by voice vote would prohibit federal funds from being used to restrict air travel to Cuba. The language is backed by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

Another amendment, also endorsed by voice vote, would allow international flights traveling to or from Cuba to refuel at Bangor Airport in Maine, according to the report. According to The Hill, flights currently have to refuel in Canada instead of the U.S. because of restrictions mandated by the trade embargo on Cuba. 

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