What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Individual Rights : H.R. 2989. Fiscal 2004 Transportation-Treasury Appropriations/Vote to Remove Caps on Remittances to Cuba. (2003 house Roll Call 484)
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H.R. 2989. Fiscal 2004 Transportation-Treasury Appropriations/Vote to Remove Caps on Remittances to Cuba.
house Roll Call 484     Sep 09, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

Current U.S. law restricts Americans from sending money to any family members who live in Cuba. For instance, if a U.S. citizen gives more than the legal limit of $1,200 per year to his/her family member(s) in Cuba, then that individual can be fined up to $55,000 and face 10 years in federal prison. During debate on the 2004 Transportation and Treasury appropriations bill, Representative Delahunt (D-MA) offered an amendment to revoke funding for any enforcement activities of the U.S. government aimed at prosecuting Americans for sending financial assistance to their family members in Cuba. Progressives endorsed Delahunt's amendment. In their view, the current law needlessly punishes those Cuban families who rely on financial assistance from relatives in the U.S. and has also failed to undermine the Castro regime (the restriction on remittances to Cuba was enacted with the goal of weakening Castro's regime). Conservatives opposed Delahunt's amendment and argued that removing the caps on remittances would, in effect, allow the Castro regime to pocket more U.S. money and strengthen the dictator's hold on power. On a vote of 222-196, the Delahunt amendment was adopted and the cap on remittances to Cuba was eliminated from the underlying appropriations bill.

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