A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reintroduce d legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on travel to Cuba , this time attracting far more co-sponsors in a sign of growing support for U.S.- Cuba n detente even as its future looks uncertain.
The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act was introduced in 2015 by eight Republican and Democratic co-sponsors but never made it to the floor. The latest measure attracted 55 co-sponsors.
While efforts to ease the decades-old U.S. embargo against Cuba have been gathering strength and 55 votes would be a majority in the 100-member Senate, that number falls short of the 60 needed to advance the legislation. There was no indication the chamber’s Republican leaders would allow the measure to come up for a vote.
Republican President Donald Trump threatened during his 2016 election campaign to reverse a normalization of ties with the Communist-run, Caribbean island initiated in 2014 by Democratic President Barack Obama. Trump’s administration is reviewing U.S. policy toward the country’s former Cold War foe.
Obama eased trade and travel restrictions , fueling a boom in