The House Agriculture Committee has passed the H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act. Introduced by Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Congressman Jerry Moran of Kansas, the bill would clarify how U.S. farmers and agricultural businesses can conduct sales to Cuba and removes long-standing travel restrictions. It would also allow exports to Cuba to meet the same payment requirements as exports to other countries eliminating the current requirement that payments to U.S. ag sellers pass through banks in other countries.
The passage drew praise from the National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association and National Farmers Union.
The bill now goes to the full House; a companion bill has been introduced in the Senate. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a Cuban-American says he will filibuster the bill in the Senate.