Monday, August 9, 2010

Freedom to Travel - Act Now!

Go here for the full version of this letter from John McAuliff.
Right to Travel to Cuba - An Occasional Newsletter August 2010

In this issue
Administration Finding Its Way
Reinforcement from the People
Congress Delays Action
Cuba Not Waiting
Obama Campaign Pledge

Dear Sir,

Several news stories on Friday suggested the White House is on the verge of announcing important changes in people-to-people travel.

This feels like a trial balloon, so it is important that the President hear at once that his initiative is broadly welcomed and that it should be as expansive as possible.

If the only voices are of Cuban American hard liners, we risk watered down reforms as took place in April 2009.

At the same time, the August recess is an ideal time to press House and Senate members to pass the agricultural trade and travel bill in September. Special attention is needed for members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where the bill faces desperate opposition led by ranking member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

John McAuliff

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