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Marco Rubio lifts hold on State Department nominee

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he'll lift his hold on the nomination of Roberta Jacobson as assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, a job that includes overseeing U.S. relations with Cuba. His change of heart comes "following months of negotiations with the administration in the hopes of cracking down on abuses of the people-to-people Cuba travel policy," his office said.

"This policy has been abused by some people who are more interested in profiting from tourism than in a meaningful effort to bring about democratic change in Cuba," Rubio said in a statement. "In doing so, they have also undermined our entire Cuba policy by providing hard currency to a cruel regime that oppresses its people."

Under the rules of the Senate, a single senator has the ability to block votes on nominees or legislation by placing a so-called "hold" on it. 

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Rubio said he still has concerns about the entire program, but that as a condition for lifting his nomination hold, he asked the administration to enforce its own regulations and stop what he called "the more egregious abuses." 

The State Department agreed to make changes that will require applicants to demonstrate how their itineraries constitute purposeful travel that would support civil society in Cuba and help promote their independence from Cuban authorities, Rubio said.

Rubio previously described the Obama administration's policy towards Latin America as one that's been "defined by appeasement, weakness and the alienation of our allies."

Jacobson during her confirmation hearing defended the Obama administration’s policies toward the communist island nation, including policies that allow Cuban-Americans to send more money there.

Jacobson, who appeared in November before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for her confirmation hearing, also told senators that the administration would do whatever it could through diplomatic channels to secure the unconditional release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than two years.

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A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the
Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans

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Looks like Marco loves him some extortion. This wouldn't even be an issue if the stupid travel ban were lifted today, as it should be. Glad i voted for Crist.

John McAuliff

Similar presumptive language was contained in the President's January 2011 announcement of purposeful travel, but only as a general goal not as a condition for licensing.

Absent then and now were the normal reasons for international exchange like mutual understanding and trust building, no doubt to avoid angering extremists like Sen. Rubio in Miami.

No self respecting sovereign country would accept tour groups that meet such an interventionist stipulation as a condition for the approval of a people to people license.

While license applicants can incorporate such language to jump through one more arbitrary hoop from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the three Cuban companies that organize their programs will not accept any itinerary that implements it.

Hopefully this is only face saving Rubio spin and the State Department has not agreed to undermine the intention of the President.

It is long past time, in any case for the Administration to remove from OFAC's secretive, arbitrary and politicized hands, guided by a Bush appointee, the power to judge which Americans are legitimately people to people and entitled to exercise their fundamental human right of freedom to travel.

John McAuliff
Fund for Reconciliation and Development


The simplified flmruoa is d = √(12.7 h), where d is in kilometers and h is in meters. Solving for h yields h = db2/12.7. Cuba is about 800 km from Panama City, so you would have to be at least 50.3 km above Panama City Beach to see the beach in Cuba. Some of the mountains west of Havana might be seen from a lower height, though they are farther from Panama City Beach.

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