543. 7/23/2002

“IN THE HOUSE, on July 23 [2002], three amendments to Treasury-Postal Appropriations bill (TPO) passed that ease elements of the Cuban embargo…IN THE SENATE, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced language to the Senate version of the TPO [Treasury-Postal Appropriations] bill that would end funding of the travel ban, and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) has proposed $3 million toward counternarcotics cooperation with Cuba in the 2003 Foreign Operations spending bill. The Dorgan amendment is nearly identical to the Flake [Travel] amendment that passed in the House. The Specter language is in response to great need and opportunity for U.S.-Cuban cooperation against Caribbean-based narco-trafficking. Cuba has counter-narcotics agreements with 23 governments, and many, including Cuba Policy Foundation, believe that the U.S. would benefit from such an agreement.” [Con Embargo]

Brian Alexander, “Embargo Update: Cuba Amendments on the Move,” Cuba Policy Foundation, August 5, 2002

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