WASHINGTON (McClatchy) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a bill Thursday that would end all travel restrictions for Americans who want to visit Cuba.
The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 also would allow travel-related banking transactions.
“We all need to remember this is a prohibition on Americans, not Cubans,” the bill’s Republican sponsor, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, said at a news conference Thursday. “We’re simply saying that Americans should be allowed to travel wherever they want unless there’s a compelling national security reason.”
The prohibition on travel to Cuba makes no sense, agreed Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, one of the bill’s four Democratic co-sponsors. Four Republicans, including Flake, also signed on to support the bill.