By the Cuba Journal staff
The United States House of Representatives has voted to retain restrictions on travel to Cuba by US citizens.
The House voted 247-176 to retain the restrictions, which was included in a bill involving transportation funding.
According to a report in the Telegraph, the provision “would block new rules issued in January that would significantly ease travel restrictions to Cuba and allow regularly scheduled flights for the first time.”
The bill could still be vetoed by US President Barack Obama, who has spearheaded the normalization of relations with the country’s Cold War foe.
A critic of the proposed lifting of restrictions, Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, noted that, if flights were to resume, they would land in an airport that was “partially owned by US interests when it was seized by the Castro government.”
“What you are saying is, ‘It’s OK to do business on property that was stolen from Americans,” he said.