Cuba travel bill will not get markup in House

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will not mark up a bill this year to allow Americans to travel to Cuba (HR 4645), CQ.com reports. Despite pre-election statements that he was determined to move the bill forward, Committee chair Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) confirmed that he will no longer pursue the bill in the lame duck session:

“Asked Thursday if he still planned to hold a committee vote on the legislation, Berman shook his head and said ‘no,’ a decision confirmed by committee staff.

“That puts a definitive end to what at one time were high hopes among advocates of engagement with Cuba for this Congress. And with Republicans winning the House in the November elections, and a supporter of the ban, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., expected to take over as chair of the committee next year, the prospects for progress in the new Congress are no better.”

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