Nice step in the right direction… I guess.
After hoisting the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that The White House is seeking an agreement with Cuba to begin scheduled commercial flights between the two countries as soon as December. We hear that the Obama administration is also examining ways of loosening U.S. congressional restrictions on travel by Americans to the Communist-ruled island.
According to reports, a bill is pending in the U.S. Senate to remove the travel ban on Americans as a measure to rescind the decades-old U.S. economic embargo. But the steps face strong opposition from the Republican leadership in control of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Americans currently going to Cuba for authorized reasons such as family or business visits are said to travel there generally on charter flights.The Journal also said the administration and the U.S. airline industry were united in efforts to resume scheduled airline service to Cuba quoting a State Department official as saying “We’re committed to it, there’s good will on both sides and we’re continuing to talk,” adding that a deal by the end of the year “is certainly our hope.”