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00-HR4471 on May 16, 2000

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: allowing Americans to travel to Cuba
Source: Cuba travel bill (H.R.4471)
OnTheIssues.org explanation: The US government has forbidden US citizens from traveling to Cuba since the 1960s. Try booking a trip from Mexico City to Havana on travelocity.com (or any travel website) and it says, "Due to a U.S. government travel restriction we are unable to book this reservation." You can, however, purchase that same ticket while in Mexico City, or anywhere else in the world. Sanford's bill attempts to undo this long-standing situation.


  • Prohibits the President from regulating or prohibiting, directly or indirectly, travel to or from Cuba by US citizens, or any of specified transactions incident to such travel.
  • Declares that this prohibition does not authorize the importation into the US of any goods for personal consumption acquired in Cuba; &
  • The restrictions on the President's authority do not apply in a case in which the US is at war with Cuba.


  • FREEDOM OF TRAVEL FOR U.S. CITIZENS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS: The President shall not regulate or prohibit travel to or from Cuba by US citizens or legal residents.
  • TRANSACTIONS INCIDENT TO TRAVEL: The President shall not regulate any transactions ordinarily incident to travel to or from Cuba, including the importation into Cuba or the US of accompanied baggage; the payment of living expenses; or facilitation of travel to, from, or within Cuba.
  • EXCEPTION: The restrictions on authority contained in section 1 do not apply in a case in which the US is at war with Cuba, armed hostilities between the two countries are in progress, or there is imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of United States travelers.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME: Referred to the House Committee on the Western Hemisphere; never called for a House vote.

  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Allow Americans to travel to Cuba
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill allowing Americans to travel to Cuba

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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 00-HR4471

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Joe Baca s1oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
John Baldacci s1oMaine Democrat 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Howard Berman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Bill Clay Sr. s1oMissouri Democrat (retired 2000) 
Eva Clayton s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Until 2004) 
James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina Democrat 
Gary Condit s1oCalifornia Democrat 
William Coyne s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Bud Cramer s1oAlabama Democrat (Retired 2008) 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Pat Danner s1oMissouri Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Cal Dooley s1oCalifornia Democrat (Until 2004) 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Sam Gejdenson s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Tony Hall s1oOhio Democrat (until 2002) 
Earl Hilliard s1oAlabama Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Darlene Hooley s1oOregon Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
William Jefferson s1oLouisiana Democrat 
Paul Kanjorski s1oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Nicholas Lampson s1oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
John Larson s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Robert Matsui s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (deceased) 
Karen McCarthy s1oMissouri Democrat (Until 2004) 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Cynthia McKinney s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Michael McNulty s1oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Marty Meehan s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retired 2007) 
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-Families 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Richard Neal s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
John Olver s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Ed Pastor s1oArizona Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Nancy Pelosi s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Tim Roemer s1oIndiana Democrat 
Max Sandlin s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ronnie Shows s1oMississippi Democrat 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Ted Strickland s1oOH Former Democratic Governor (2006-2010) 
Bart Stupak s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
John Tanner s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Gene Taylor s1oMississippi Democratic Challenger 
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Bruce Vento s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Mel Watt s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Robert Weygand s1oRhode Island Democrat 

Republicans participating in 00-HR4471

Mary Bono s1oCalifornia Republican 
Tom Coburn s1oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Phil English s1oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Wally Herger s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Peter Hoekstra s1oMI Republican Challenger 
Amo Houghton s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Steve Largent s1oOK00 Former Republican Challenger (2002) 
Steven LaTourette s1oOhio Republican 
Jim Leach s1oIowa Republican 
Marty Martinez s1oCalifornia Republican 
Jerry Moran s1oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Bob Ney s1oOhio Republican 
Ron Paul s1oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
John Porter s1oIllinois Republican (retired) 
Jim Ramstad s1oMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Matt Salmon s1oArizona Republican 
Mark Sanford s2pSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Lee Terry s1oNebraska Republican 

Independents participating in 00-HR4471

Tom Campbell s1oCA 2010 Republican Challenger (lost primary) 
Harold Ford s1oNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Chris John s1oLA 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 
George Nethercutt s1oWA 2004 former Republican challenger; US Representative 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 78
Republicans: 19
Independents: 5

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