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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.

Background on the Cuba travel issue here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:00pm]


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