What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Civil Rights : HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Undermine the Restriction of Funds to Enforce the Ban on Travel to Cuba. (2002 house Roll Call 330)
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HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Undermine the Restriction of Funds to Enforce the Ban on Travel to Cuba.
house Roll Call 330     Jul 23, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

In 2002, the annual spending bill to fund the Treasury Department, the Postal Service, and the White House became embroiled in a debate about the country's relationship to Cuba. Most Democrats and even many Republicans wanted to lift the ban on travel to Cuba. Progressives in particular felt the ban was a restriction on personal liberty and an ineffective means of undermining the Castro regime. They supported denying funding for enforcement of the ban as a way of eliminating it, an approach they could pursue through the Treasury-Postal appropriations bill. To forestall efforts to starve the travel ban of funds, Goss (RFL) proposed an amendment that allowed cutting funds for the ban only if the president certified that the Cuban government did not possess weapons of mass destruction and was not aiding terrorists. The majority in Congress who opposed the travel ban-including Progressives-saw this amendment for what it was: an attempt to smother any change under the broader but unrelated issue of the war on terrorism. With Progressives voting "no," the amendment was rejected 182-247.

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