A controversial bill that would allow Americans unfettered travel to Cuba squeaked out of a House of Representatives committee Wednesday, which voted 25-20 to send the proposed law to a full vote.http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/01/1710889/panel-moves-bill-to-lift-cuba.html
Thursday's agriculture committee vote was an important step for the decades-old debate on whether the United States should restrict its citizens from visiting the last communist country in the hemisphere: most times, bills that lift the U.S. travel ban to Cuba die in committee.
From Amnesty International in Havana, Cuba:
Cuba uses repressive laws, a well-oiled state security apparatus and complicit courts to stifle political dissent as it harasses, spies on and imprisons those who openly oppose its communist system, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.http://www.wtop.com/?nid=389&sid=1992380
The 35-page analysis said restrictions on expressing views deviating from the official line are "systematic and entrenched," despite the government's taking "some limited steps to address long-standing suppression of freedom of expression."
Cuba's government did not respond to a request for comment. It routinely dismisses international human rights groups as tools of the United States.
Why would the U.S. Congress reward continued bad behavior?