Cuba.jpgCall on your Congressional representatives to stop letting the U.S. government stand between you and a relaxing, LEGAL vacation on a Cuban beach!

Currently Senate Bill 299, The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, has 48 co-sponsors, has been introduced in the Senate in January 2015, and referred to the committee on Foreign Relations. 

The equivalent House Bill 664 has 123 co-sponsors, was introduced in the house in February 2015, referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and finally referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in March 2015. 

Here are some easy steps you can follow to pressure Congress to pass The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act in the House and the Senate:

  1. See if your Congressional representatives in the Senate are co-sponsors here, and in the House here
  2. If your representatives ARE co-sponsors to The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, send them an email thanking them for their support of this important legislation, and encouraging them to push it through Congress. (Follow template A below). Feel free to follow up with a phone call to their office as well!
  3. If you representatives ARE NOT co-sponsors to The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, send them an email encouraging them to sign on to this important legislation. (Follow template B below). 

Template A (thank you to co-sponsors):

Dear Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman ________,

I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, and think it is an opportunity that all U.S. citizens should have the right to experience. 

I write to thank you for your support of The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, S 299 and HR 664. This important legislation helps to end the outdated ban on U.S. travel to Cuba. 

In December 2014, President Obama took historic steps to transform U.S.-Cuba policy, reestablishing diplomatic relations and lessening restrictions on travel. While these are crucial steps forward, it is up to Congress to take the next step and actually change the law, as you have begun to do.

There is momentum to make real change in U.S.-Cuba relations now, and I urge you to continue to support The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, and to help push it through the legislative process in whatever way you can.
Recent polls have shown that a strong majority of Americans, including Cuban Americans, support the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba and an end to the long-standing travel ban. It is right for the United States, Cuba, and the entire hemisphere.
Thank you for your time, 
Your name

Template B (encouraging representatives to co-sponsor):

Dear Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman ________,
I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, and think it is an opportunity that all U.S. citizens should have the right to experience.
I write to ask you to support legislation to end the outdated ban on U.S. travel to Cuba. Please co-sponsor and support the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, S 299 and HR 664.
In December 2014, President Obama took historic steps to transform U.S.-Cuba policy, reestablishing diplomatic relations and lessening restrictions on travel. While these are crucial steps forward, it is up to Congress to take the next step and actually change the law.
There is momentum to make real change in U.S.-Cuba relations now, and I urge you to be a part of this effort by supporting an end to the travel ban.
Recent polls have shown that a strong majority of Americans, including Cuban Americans, support the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba and an end to the long-standing travel ban. Many of your colleagues on both sides of the aisle have expressed their support — I ask that you do the same. It is right for the United States, Cuba, and the entire hemisphere.
Thank you for your time,
Your name

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  • commented 2015-05-21 11:20:38 -0400
    I love this article, but it should focus instead on the permanent deportation of Marco Rubio to Cuba.