Cuba travel bill put on hold

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A bill lifting restrictions on travel to Cuba has been put on hold by a panel of the U.S. House of Representatives, the chairman says.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee was scheduled to mark up the bill Wednesday but an analysis by The Hill indicated only 15 members were publicly committed to voting in favor of the measure.


Panel Chairman Howard Berman, D-Calif., needs 24 votes to get the bill out of committee and onto the House floor.

"I am postponing consideration of H.R. 4645 until a time when the committee will be able to hold the robust and uninterrupted debate this important issue deserves," Berman said in a statement released Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated recently if Berman's committee approved the bill, it could be brought to the House floor either before or after the November midterm elections.

The measure lifts travel restrictions to Cuba on U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States.

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