This is the Congressional effort toward bringing to an end the embargo the U.S. has had for over 50 years against Cuba, since President Obama moved to have full normalization of diplomatic relations in December.
The measure would bring to an end legal restrictions for U.S. citizens as well as legal residents to travel to Cuba, according to a prepared statement released about the plans of the senators.
It would end as well restrictions in place on banking transactions that are related to travel.
The White House administration announced loosening of travel restrictions last month, but Congress has to vote to end laws that put those measures in place.
Senators supporting the bill were Democrats Richard Durbin, Patrick Leahy, Sheldon Whitehouse and Tom Udall. The Republicans in support were Jeff Flake, Michael Enzi, John Boozman and Jerry Moran.
A bill that accompanies the measure will be introduced in the House of Representatives sometime next week by Jim McGovern a Democratic Representative and Mark Sanford a Republican Representative.
The President and Raul Castro the President of Cuba announced December 17 they would be working toward the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries, over a half century after Fidel, Raul’s brother took power of the island and starting implementing his communist rule.
Vocal opposition in the Congress led by anti-Castro lawmakers Robert Menendez and Marco Rubio two Cuban Americans.
Opponents of the plans by Obama have thus far not announced any measure seeking to put a stop to them. Next week hearings are scheduled on Cuba in both chambers of Congress.
Castro on Wednesday set a tough tone to start relations with the U.S. warning that any interference by the U.S. in the internal affairs of Cuba would make rapprochement meaningless.