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Treasury Department says it was okay for Jay-Z and Beyonce to go to Cuba



Although they were "fully licensed" to visit Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary, a couple of Florida congressfolks want to know more about Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip. Because that's what the federal government needs to be working on right now.

Miami's Republican U.S. representatives, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Friday said they wanted the trip to be investigated, but a source tells Reuters the U.S. Tresury Department vetted the trip. Americans can't travel to Cuba, but they are allowed if they are part of academic, religious or cultural programs.

"Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple's trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda," a letter from the Cuban-American Republicans to the Treasury Department read, according to the Miami Herald. "We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime's atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents."

The Herald also points out that there is no word whether the couple's entourage was given the same dispensation as the performers. Another sticky fact is that U.S. citizens are limited to spending $140 a day there, while Jay-Z and Be spent at least $149 a night on their hotel alone. This in't exactly the Bay of Pigs, but it's probably not going away easily.

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[Last modified: Monday, April 8, 2013 5:48pm]


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