White House Preparing Openings to CubaWed, 18 Aug 2010 17:20:35 CDT
The White House is preparing measures that would expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba and send money there. The measures would make it easier for Americans to get U.S. government licenses for cultural, educational and sports exchanges, but would not end the longtime economic embargo or the ban on U.S. tourists visiting the island nation.
The measures do not need Congressional approval, but one GOP aide said - it would be very poor judgment on the White House's part not to be responsible to the Congress. Since the stricter regulations on travel took effect in 2004, U.S. outreach to the Cuban people has largely been channeled through official democracy programs.
Several people familiar with the new measures said they could be made public within days or weeks.
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