New Cuba embargo rules may be bad for Bush

By DEREK O. SANDS, United Press International  |  July 20, 2004 at 6:24 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- New regulations restricting travel to Cuba from the United States may have gone too far and turned some Cuban-Americans against Bush, lawmakers said Tuesday.

"The new regulations ... have passed the tipping point in Florida," Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said during a conference in the Rayburn House Office Building to discuss the current state of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

New restrictions from the Bush Administration that went into effect at the end of June limit family visits to Cuba to once every three years rather than annually. The restrictions also limit remittances and what items may be mailed, among other things.

Rep. Bill Delahunt, D- Mass., agreed the Cuban-American community in Florida has found a lot to disagree with in the new restrictions. It has been a serious miscalculation by the Bush White House, Delahunt said.

Delahunt and Flake participated in a bipartisan effort last year to limit Cuban economic embargo regulations by limiting their funding in the appropriations process.

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