Congress May Ruin Your Trip to Cuba

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 17: Abdel Rodriguez holds a Cuban flag as he stands outside the Little Havana restaurant Versailles, as people absorb the news that Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison and that U.S. President Barack Obama wants to change the United States Cuba policy on December 17, 2014 in Miami, United States.  Alan Gross, the American contractor had spent five years in Cuban jail.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Abdel Rodriguez holds a Cuban flag in Miami's Little Havana on December 17, 2014. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In an attempt to thwart the Obama administration’s attempt to ease relations with Cuba, on Thursday members of the Republican-controlled House voted 247–176 to block new rules issued in January that let Americans travel to Cuba without obtaining a license from the Treasury Department. Under the proposed changes, U.S. travelers would only have to claim that they were traveling for legitimate purposes. President Obama has threatened to veto the transportation funding bill, but you should probably come up with a better reason for why your presence is required in Havana.