Congress agrees to ease Cuba sanctions

WASHINGTON, United States, February 27, 2009 – The United States (US) House of Representatives has passed a bill that could ease restrictions on travel to Cuba and the sale of food and medical supplies to that Caribbean country.
 
But the 50-year embargo on Raul Castro-led country will remain.
 
The provisions are part of a US$410 billion spending package that must be passed in the Senate before it becomes law.
 
It is believed the legislation will face stiff resistance in the Senate. If it is passed, Cuban-Americans will be allowed to visit Cuba once a year instead of once every three years; their daily spending limit will be increased from US$50 to US$170; and a general travel licence will be created for Americans who sell food and medical supplies to Cuba.
 
The legislation was passed on Wednesday night.