Published on July 12th, 2013 | by iDidGo Blog Team
Jay-Z & Beyonce Trip Reportedly Inspires Bill Restricting Travel To Cuba
Excerpt from the huffingtonpost
Celebrity power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who controversially visited Cuba earlier this year, might face tougher government restrictions on travel to countries considered U.S. adversaries if congressional Republicans get their way.
A bill that just made its way out of a House Appropriations subcommittee would limit the use of Department of Treasury funds to approve “travel-related or other transactions incident to non-academic educational exchanges” described in American legal restrictions on travel to Cuba.
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), an advocate for easing travel restrictions to Cuba, labeled the proposal the “Jay-Z and Beyoncé bill.”
In April, Beyoncé and Jay Z visited Havana to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. When the couple returned, a variety of groups and lawmakers criticizedtheir choice of destination.
The federal government became involved when the Treasury Department announced it had authorized the trip. A pair of lawmakers began investigating the incident, and the White House denied that it played a role in the authorization, in light of President Barack Obama’s friendship with the couple.