House GOP votes to keep Cuba travel limits in funding bill
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans voted Thursday to keep restrictions on Americans seeking to travel to Cuba, a setback to efforts of President Barack Obama's administration to ease the five-decade Cold War standoff.
The Republican-controlled chamber voted 247-176 against removing a Cuba-related provision from a transportation funding bill. The provision would block new rules issued in January that would significantly ease travel restrictions to Cuba and allow regularly scheduled flights between it and the U.S. for the first time.
Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas voted to remove the provision. His fellow republicans from the state -- French Hill, Bruce Westerman and Steve Womack -- voted against removing it.