July 14, 2014
William E. Gibson, Sun Sentinel
WASHINGTON — Pressure from some Florida members ofCongress is making it harder to travel to Cuba even as thousands of their constituents line up to fly to the forbidden island.
The stream of passengers from South Florida to Cuba has slowed slightly since 2011, as some would-be travelers balk at the cost of licensed educational tours and others remain stymied by a ban on casual pleasure trips.
Now some in Congress are trying to tighten those rules to further discourage travel to Cuba, except for Cuban-Americans visiting their families. At the same time, travel proponents are pressing President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to loosen the rules so that all Americans are free to roam the island on their own...