Thursday, June 23, 2011

Text of Diaz-Balart amendment

Mario Diaz-Balart with Cuban activists. Photo: Diaz-Balart Flickr Photostream
AMENDMENT to Financial Services Appropriations Bills
Offered by Mr. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida

Page 128, after line, insert the following (and re designate the subsequent section accordingly):

Sec. 901. Any Amendments made after January 19, 2009, to the regulations set forth in sections 515.560 (a) (1), 515.560 (c) (4) (i), 515.561, and 515.570 of title 31, Code of Federal Regulations,
are hereby repealed, and such regulations are restored and shall be carried out as in effect on such date, notwithstanding any guidelines, opinions, letters, Presidential directives, or agency practices
relating to such regulations issued or carried out after such date:
Provided, That any references in such sections 515.561 to the regulations set forth in section 515.560 (c)of such Code shall be considered to be references to such regulations as in effect on January 19, 2009.

SUMMARY: This languages removes the Obama's administration changes to regulations regarding family travel to Cuba and family remittances to Cuban nationals, and replaces them with the regulations the were in place during the Bush administration.

Specifically with this amendment, “family” would be limited to immediate family members who could travel once per every three years, for a maximum of 14 days. Remittances to family members would be
capped at up to $300 per quarter.

Obama's current regulations allow unlimited family travel and unlimited family remittances, and define “family” much too broadly as including “any individual related to that person by blood, marriage,
or adoption who is no more than three generations removed from that person or from a common ancestor of that person.”

Text courtesy of Emilio Ichikawa

1 comment:

Pedro said...

What an idiot you are Diaz-Balart, including all those who support your stupid arguments. You were born here in U.S., you have no close family relations with Cuba, and you are such a mediocre politician who is misrepresenting this community that calling you a “U.S. representative” is an insult and dishonesty to all Cubans. You are taking advantage of your political seat, rather than helping Cubans, no matter where they are.