FEBRUARY 14, 2011
Rubio seeks to derail Obama's Cuba travel plans
Sen. Marco Rubio is trying to hinder President Obama's plan to expand
travel to Cuba, offering an amendment to a aviation bill to prevent
direct flights to "state sponsors of terrorism."
The amendment is co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and marks Sen.
Rubio's first filed amendment. "Instead of doing business with regimes
that undermine America's security and routinely violate the basic norms
of human dignity, we should be bolstering our democratic allies through
deeper economic ties," Rubio said in a statement.
The four countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism are Cuba,
Iran, Sudan and Syria. The aviation bill is up for a vote this week and
given the backing of Obama.