Call 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:
- See if your Congressional representatives in the Senate are co-sponsors here, and in the House here.
- 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!
- 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 This important legislation helps to end the outdated ban on U.S. travel to Cuba.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.
Template B (encouraging representatives to co-sponsor):