Tom Harkin on Cuba

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Voting Record

Amendment - to Prohibit Funds for Television Broadcasting into Cuba

In April of 2005, the Senate voted on an amendment to prohibit funds from being used for television broadcasting to Cuba. The amendment passed 65-35. Tom Harkin voted against the amendment.

Tom Harkin voted against the amendment.

Amendment - Removing funds for television broadcasting

The US broadcasts a television station into Cuba for the purposes of convincing the Cubans to form a Democratic government. In July of 2005, the Senate voted on an amendment to provide that no funds may be made available to provide television broadcasting to Cuba, to increase by $21,100,000 the amount appropriated to the Peace Corps, and to reduce by the same amount the amount appropriated under title I to the Broadcasting Board of Governors for broadcasting to Cuba. The amendment failed 33-66. Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment to remove funds for travel into Cuba.

Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment to remove funds for travel into Cuba.

Amendment - Family travel to Cuba

In June of 2005, the House voted on an amendment to facilitate family travel to Cuba in humanitarian circumstances. The amendment passed 60-35. Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment.

Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment.

Amendment - Travel to Cuba

In October of 2003, the Senate voted on an amendment to prohibit the enforcement of the ban on travel to Cuba. The amendment failed to pass 36-59. Tom Harkin voted against the amendment.

Tom Harkin voted against the amendment.

Cuba and International Terrorism

In December of 2001, the Senate voted on an amendment to provide for Presidential certification that the government of Cuba is not involved in the support for acts of international terrorism as a condition precedent to agricultural trade with Cuba. The amendment passed 61-33. Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment.

Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment.

Amendment - National Bipartisan Commission

In June of 2006, the Senate voted on an amendment to establish a National Bipartisan Commission on Cuba to evaluate United States policy with respect to Cuba. The amendment passed 59-41. Tom Harkin voted against the amendment.

Tom Harkin voted against the amendment.

Amendment - Ending Travel Restrictions

In June of 1999, the Senate voted on an amendment to terminate prohibitions and restrictions on travel to Cuba. The amendment passed 55-43. Tom Harkin voted against the amendment to end travel restrictions.

Tom Harkin voted against the amendment to end travel restrictions.

Amendment - Humanitarian and Compassionate Travel

In July of 1997, the Senate voted on an amendment to provide for Cuban-American family humanitarian support and compassionate travel. The amendment failed 38-61. Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment to allow humanitarian and compassionate travel.

Tom Harkin voted in favor of the amendment to allow humanitarian and compassionate travel.

Amendment - Sanctions

In October of 1995, the Senate voted on tabling amendments to seek international sanctions against the Castro government in Cuba, to plan for support of a transition government leading to a democratically elected government in Cuba, and for other purposes. The senate voted to table the amendments 64-34. Tom Harkin voted against tabling the amendments and thus voted in support of the sanctions.

Tom Harkin voted against tabling the amendments and thus voted in support of the sanctions.

Amendment - Travel to Cuba

In October of 1995, the Senate voted on tabling an amendment to protect the constitutional right of Americans to travel to Cuba. The Senate voted to table the amendment 73-25. Tom Harkin voted against tabling the amendment and thus voted in favor of allowing travel to Cuba.

Tom Harkin voted against tabling the amendment and thus voted in favor of allowing travel to Cuba.

Cloture Vote - Sanctions

In October of 1995, the Senate voted on a substitution amendment to strengthen international sanctions against the Castro government in Cuba, to develop a plan to support a transition government leading to a democratically elected government in Cuba, and for other purposes. The amendment failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster 56-37. Tom Harkin voted against the cloture and thus opposed the sanctions.

Tom Harkin voted against the cloture and thus opposed the sanctions.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 428; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel, except in time of war or armed hostilities between the United States and Cuba, or of imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of U.S. travelers.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 1089; Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

A bill to facilitate the export of United States agricultural commodities and products to Cuba as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, to establish an agricultural export promotion program with respect to Cuba, to remove impediments to the export to Cuba of medical devices and medicines, to allow travel to Cuba by United States citizens and legal residents, to establish an agricultural export promotion program with respect to Cuba, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 721; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 328; Agricultural Export Facilitation Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to facilitate the sale of United States agricultural products to Cuba, as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 894; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

Prohibits the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents, or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel relating to: (1) accompanied personal baggage; (2) payment of living expenses and the acquisition of personal-use goods or services; (3) travel arrangements; (4) nonscheduled air, sea, or land voyage transactions (such provision does not permit the carriage of articles other than accompanied baggage into Cuba or the United States); and (5) normal banking transactions.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 428; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act - Cosponsor

A bill to allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 721; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1673; Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to facilitate the export of United States agricultural products to Cuba as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, to remove impediments to the export to Cuba of medical devices and medicines, to allow travel to Cuba by United States citizens, to establish an agricultural export promotion program with respect to Cuba, and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 894; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

Session-108; Bill Number-S 950; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2003 - Cosponsor

A bill to allow travel between the United States and Cuba.

Session-107; Bill Number-S 1017; Bridges to the Cuban People Act of 2001 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide the people of Cuba with access to food and medicines from the United States, to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba, to provide scholarships for certain Cuban nationals, and for other purposes.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 428; Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits the President from regulating or prohibiting travel to or from Cuba by U.S. citizens or legal residents or any of the transactions ordinarily incident to such travel, except in time of war or armed hostilities between the United States and Cuba, or of imminent danger to the public health or the physical safety of U.S. travelers.

Session-106; Bill Number-S 926; Cuban Food and Medicine Security Act of 1999 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide the people of Cuba with access to food and medicines from the United States, and for other purposes.

Session-105; Bill Number-S 1391; Cuban Women and Children Humanitarian Relief Act - Cosponsor

Declares that it should be U.S. policy to permit the sale and export of food, medicines, and medical equipment to the Cuban people. Authorizes the President to permit the sale and export of such items to Cuba. Requires the President to notify the Congress and the public of any decision to permit the sale and export of such items.

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