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Explanation of Measures in the Senate 2009

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Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act S 428

Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced S 489 which would prohibit the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel, except in time of war or armed hostilities between the United States and Cuba, or of imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of U.S. travelers.

DeMint Amendment

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced an amendment to the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that would require the construction of hundreds of new miles of tall, pedestrian fencing on the border by mandating that existing or planned low-rise vehicle barriers and virtual fencing could not count toward the 700 miles of barrier construction mandated by Congress.  Those members marked with an X on the scorecard voted against this harmful amendment.