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Right To Travel Campaign

"An AP story late last week suggested that this issue was already a done deal -- that the Republicans might already have cut the Cuba amendment from the appropriations bill. BUT THIS IS NOT YET TRUE: the conference committee is just starting to meet, and, as far as we
can tell, the issue is still very much alive."

Two More suggestions for action re Cuba travel bills
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 12:39:07 -0800 (PST)

1) Dear Cuba Policy Advocates,
A quick email to let you know where we stand and urge you to continue to pressure Congress. The Cuba travel amendment is in the conference committee.

When the conference committee will end is unclear, but your calls, faxes and emails are invaluable right now, as members are surely talking about it.

We spoke to one Republican staffer last week who said that the administration and leadership are lobbying heavily against retaining the Cuba travel provision. Your voices are critical to counter their lobbying.

Please continue to call, fax or email expressions of your support for the amendment to the senators and representatives listed below (if you live in their district/state). If you don't live in their district or state, please contact friends or relatives who do, and urge them to call or email.
Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,
Mavis Anderson
Philip Schmidt
Latin America Working Group

Sample message (phone):

"As a constituent, I urge you to stand up for the Cuba travel amendment to the Transportation /Treasury bill. The amendment, which passed both House and Senate with majority votes, reflects the wishes of Congress and the American people. Please stand fast against leadership and White House pressure to ignore those wishes."

(SAMPLE Letter)

The Honorable ________________
Dear (Senator or Representative) _____________

For the first time, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have both adopted legislation to lift the ban on travel by Americans to Cuba (as part of the Treasury-Transportation Appropriations bill).

I urge you to stand up to the Congressional leadership and refuse to let them drop the Cuba travel language from the final bill that is sent by Congress to President Bush. Because the House and Senate passed identical language, dropping the language would be contravening the will
and the rules of Congress.

U.S. policy of isolating Cuba, economically and diplomatically, has been a failure for decades. The ban on travel by Americans to Cuba restricts our constitutional right to travel where we wish, and it limits very important contacts and opportunities for commerce between Americans and Cubans.
I urge you to stand strong, to support freedom for Americans and Cubans, and to fight to preserve the language permitting travel by Americans to Cuba.

Sincerely,
Name
Address
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CONFERENCE COMMITTEE LIST
Senator/Address <------------- State/Party <--- Phone <--------
 
Fax <-------


Robert F. Bennett


431 Dirksen Senate OB


Washington, DC 20510-4403 UT-R 202-224-5444
  
202-224-6717
 
Christopher S. Bond
274 Russell Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-2503 MO-R 202-224-5721
202-224-8149
 
Sam Brownback
303 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-1604 KS-R 202-224-6521
202-228-1265
 
Robert C. Byrd
311 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-4801 WV-D 202-224-3954
202-228-0002
 
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
380 Russell Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-0605 CO-R 202-224-5852
202-224-1933
 
Mike DeWine
140 Russell Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-3503 OH-R 202-224-2315
202-224-6519
 
Byron L. Dorgan
713 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-3405 ND-D 202-224-2551
202-224-1193
 
Richard Durbin
332 Dirksen Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-1304 IL-D 202-224-2152
202-228-0400
 
Kay Bailey Hutchinson
283 Russell Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-4304 TX-R 202-224-5922
202-224-0776
 
Herber Kohl
330 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-4903 WI-D 202-224-5653
202-224-9787
 
Barbara A. Mikulski
709 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-2003 MD-D 202-224-4654
202-224-8858
 
Patty Murray
173 Russell Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-4704 WA-D 202-224-2621
202-224-0238
 
Harry Reid
528 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-2803 NV-D 202-224-3542
202-224-7327
 
Richard C. Shelby
110 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-0103 AL-R 202-224-5744
202-224-3416
 
Arlen Specter
711 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-3802 PA-R 202-224-4254
202-228-1229
 
Ted Stevens
522 Hart Senate OB
Washington, DC 20510-0201 AK-R 202-224-3004
202-224-2354
 
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Representative/Address State/District/Party
Phone
Fax
 
Robert E. Aderholt
1433 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0104 AL-04-R 202-225-4876
202-225-5587
 
James Clyburn
2135 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4006 SC-06-D 202-225-3315
202-225-2313
 
John Culberson
1728 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515 TX-07-R 202-225-2571
202-225-4381
 
Steny H. Hoyer
1705 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-2005 MD-05-D 202-225-4131
202-225-4300
 
Ernest Jim Istook
2404 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-3605 OK-05-R 202-225-2132
202-226-1463
 
Carolyn Kilpatrick
1610 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515 MI-13-D 202-225-2261
202-225-5730
 
Ron Lewis
2418 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515 KY-02-R 202-225-3501
202-226-2019
 
Anne Northup
1004 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-1703 KY-03-R 202-225-5401
202-225-5776
 
John W. Olver
1027 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-2101 MA-01-D 202-225-5335
202-226-1224
 
Ed Pastor
2465 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0302 AZ-04-D 202-225-4065
202-225-1655
 
Harold Rogers
2406 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515 KY-05-R 202-225-4601
202-225-0940
 
Steven Rothman
1607 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-3309 NJ-09-D 202-225-5061
202-225-5851
 
John E. Sweeney
416 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515 NY-20-R 202-225-5614
202-225-6234
 
Todd Tiahrt
2441 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515 KS-04-R 202-225-6216
202-225-3489
 
Frank R. Wolf
241 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4610 VA-10-R 202-225-5136
202-225-0437
 
C. W. (Bill) Young
2407 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0910 FL-10-R 202-225-5961
202-225-9764
 
For more details visit
www.lawg.org/pages/new%20pages/countries/Cuba/travel_calls.htm
 or
action.ciponline.org/action/


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Latin America Working Group
Action at home for just policies abroad www.lawg.org
 
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2) a legislative update from ifco/pastors for peace --
 
THE CUBA TRAVEL AMENDMENT:
NOWS THE TIME TO CALL CONGRESS!!!
 
As you know, both the Senate and the House have approved an amendment to the Transportation and Treasury Appropriations Bill which would cut off all funding for enforcement of the blockade against travel to Cuba. The strong majority vote in both houses of Congress, and the strength of the vote among Republicans as well as Democrats, demonstrates clearly that the sense of the Congress is very much in favor of ending travel restrictions to Cuba.
 
This week the Transportation and Treasury Appropriations Bill is going to conference committee,where representatives of the House and Senate will work together to reconcile
differences in the language between the House and Senate versions of particular amendments. The conference committee will produce a final version of the bill, which will go to the White House for the President’s signature.
 
Bush has already stated that he will veto any bill that does away with Cuba travel restrictions. And some members of the right-wing House Republican leadership, sensitive to that veto threat, are catering to Bush by trying to eliminate the Cuba travel amendment from the appropriations bill while its still in the conference committee, before it goes to the White House.
 
We see two big problems with this attempt to cut out the Cuba travel amendment. One, of course, is that we are passionately in favor of lifting restrictions on travel to Cuba. The
other is that cutting out the Cuba travel amendment is against the rules of Congress; it violates the democratic process by which our Congress is supposed to be governed.
 
You see, according to the rules of Congress, the conference committee is only supposed to negotiate the parts of a bill where the House and Senate versions differ. If the House and Senate pass identical versions of an amendment, its assumed that they agree on it, and the rules say its supposed to stay in place in the final version of the bill. The fact that the House and Senate intentionally passed identical versions of the amendment means that they wanted it to stay in. They didn't want it to meet the fate of other recent amendments to lessen Cuba sanctions on trade and travel where, at the last minute, Tom DeLay and Lincoln Diaz-Balart managed to cripple or to disappear amendments which had been supported by both houses of Congress, just because they had to do with changes in US/Cuba policy.
 
We also dont like the idea that Congress would automatically fold on the issue of Cuba travel or on any issue -- just because Bush has threatened a veto. Remember the concept of checks and balances? Now more than ever, we need the Congress to show some backbone and resist the Bush agenda and we think this amendment is a good place for them to start.
 
An AP story late last week suggested that this issue was already a done deal -- that the Republicans might already have cut the Cuba amendment from the appropriations bill. BUT THIS IS NOT YET TRUE: the conference committee is just starting to meet, and, as far as we
can tell, the issue is still very much alive.
 
 
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS TO CONTACT THE
CONFEREES,THE MEMBERS OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, who are listed below.
Let them know two things:
 
1) that you agree with the strong majority of both houses ofCongress
that travel restrictions to Cuba should be lifted; and

2) that you insist that the conference committee must follow the rules of Congress; that it must be fair and abide by democratic process and that therefore the Cuba travel amendment must not be cut from the Transportation and Treasury Appropriations bill.
 
Its also important that word get back to the Congressional leadership that
we insist on fair play; that they cant break the rules they were elected to follow; and that we want an end to Cuba travel restrictions! So after you've reached out to the conferees, call your own senators and representative. Let them know that you care about whets happening in Congress concerning the Cuba issue, that you care about the rules of democratic process, and that you want the Cuba travel amendment to stay in the bill and go to the Presidents desk.
 
Thanks for the good energy you bring to this important fight! Well do our best to keep you updated as the situation develops.
 
Capitol switchboard: 202/225-3121
Any questions? Call Ellen Bernstein at IFCO, 212/926-5757.
 
 
MEMBERS OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE FOR THE
TRANSPORTATION AND
TREASURY APPROPRIATIONS BILL:
 
(Participants in the conference committee include the chairs and the
ranking Democrats (the minority leaders) of the full Appropriations Committee, along with the chairs and certain members of the specific subcommittee. Chairs and vice-chairs are noted; all other conferees listed are regular members of the Transportation and Treasury Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committees in the House or the Senate.)
 
ON THE SENATE SIDE:
REPUBLICANS:
Ted Stevens (R-AK), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee
Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the Transportation/Treasury
Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee
Arlen Specter (R-PA)
Kit Bond (R-MO)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Mike De Wine (R-OH)
Sam Brownback (R-KS)
 
DEMOCRATS:
Robert Byrd (D-WV), Ranking Democrat, Senate Appropriations
Committee
Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Democrat, Transportation/Treasury
Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Harry Reid (D-KS)
Jon Kohl (D-AZ)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
 
 
ON THE HOUSE SIDE:
REPUBLICANS:
Bill Young (R-FL), chair of the House Appropriations Committee
Ernest Istook (R-OK), chair, Transportation/Treasury
subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee
Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), vice chair of the subcommittee
Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Ron Lewis (R-KY)
Harold Rogers (R-KY)
Anne Northup (R-KY)
Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
John Sweeney (R-NY)
John Culberson (R-TX)
 
DEMOCRATS:
John Olver (D-MA), Ranking Democrat, House
Transportation/Treasury
Subcommittee
Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
James Clyburn (D-SC)
Steven Rothman (D-NJ)
 
IFCO/Pastors for Peace
402 W 145th Street, New York City, NY 10031
212-926-5757; fax: 212-926-5842; email: ifco@igc.org
web: http://www.ifconews.org

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From: "Compañero" <companyero@mindspring.com
To:
companyero@mindspring.com

Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 21:13:12 -5

Subject: Please Call/Fax Congress, Saul Landau on Travel Restrictions...

Dear friend:

Once again we are calling on you to contact the members of congress appearing in the list below. We are closest than ever to lifting the travel ban to Cuba, but we urgently need your support to make sure that the Transportation-Treasury Appropriations bill with the Cuba travel amendments reach the President's hands.

Please CALL or FAX TODAY the members of the conference committee (listed below) to let them know that the American people expect the Cuba travel provisions to survive the conference committee process.

You may reach the capitol switch board by dialing 202-224-3121. If either one of your senators and/or representative is on the conference list please call/fax and identify yourself as a constituent. If you are a Cuban American, identify yourself as such and let them know that you favor standing firm for lifting the travel ban to Cuba.

Please pass this information to friends and supporters in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. It is also particularly important to contact your representative if he/she is in the conference committee -- Check the list above..

GRACIAS, Delvis Fernandez for CAAEF

 

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