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Bill punishes Cuba travelers

A Miami Republican who prodded President Bush to get tougher on Fidel Castro is one-upping the president: He’s proposing to strip food stamps and health insurance from those who travel to the island. Dubbed the ”Travel and Commerce with Terrorist Nations Act,” a bill proposed by State Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, would punish those who travel — even legally — to Cuba by cutting off access to Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance for a year. Rivera said the legislation is aimed at stopping recent arrivals who come to the United States, apply for benefits and then travel back to visit Cuba. Though such travel is legal, Rivera argues that the money spent on the island only helps prop up Cuban leader Castro. Full Story

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