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Travel Ban Legislation Goes Public

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On Tuesday, March 31 at noon, Senators Dorgan (D-ND), Enzi (R-WY), and Dodd (D-CT), along with representatives of the American Farm Bureau, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Human Rights Watch, publicly announced S. 428, "The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act" in a press conference so well attended that reporters were standing in the halls. LAWG was there capturing the excitement of the moment and representing all of you.

Check out a clip of the press conference that we recorded on our cell phone camera. (Apologies for the poor quality, but it's the best we could do.)

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The senators announced S. 428 enthusiastically; and thanks to all of your work in the previous day, months, and years, the bill was introduced with 20 Senate co-sponsors.

On Thursday, April 2, the House of Representatives will hold a press conference to unvail H.R. 874, the House companion of "The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act." Also, because of all your hard work calling offices and sending messages, there are an amazing total of 121 co-sponsors on H.R. 874.

To check if your member has co-sponsored the bill, visit www.thomas.gov and search for bill number, H.R. 874. If she/he hasn't, please call or use this link to send a message. You can search thomas.gov for a list of co-sponsors for S.428 also and use this link to e-mail your senators.

Your work contacting your members and telling your friends has gotten us to this point, and we want to thank you for everything you've done. Please, keep your energy and determination high; and if you haven't checked out our most recent blog post, be sure to do so here.

We need to continue building momentum if we want to see a real change in our Cuba policy.

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