Rubio Joins Brouhaha Over Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba Trip
US Treasury authorized 'people-to-people' visit: report
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
Beyonce, center, and her husband Jay-Z, right, walk down the stairs at La Guarida restaurant in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/La Guarida)

(Newser) – Now Marco Rubio is questioning Beyonce and Jay-Z's recent anniversary trip to Havana, a trip which an insider tells Reuters was licensed by the US Treasury department. Traveling to Cuba is normally forbidden for US citizens, with a potential punishment of 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, ABC News notes. Though tourism is banned, the department individually licenses "people-to-people" cultural visits. That's what this trip was, the source says; it focused on culture rather than leisure.

If Treasury did license the trip, it's got some explaining to do, says Rubio after other lawmakers voiced concern. "The Obama Administration should explain exactly how trips like these comply with US law ... and it should disclose how many more of these trips they have licensed," the Florida senator said. "US law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive, and murderous regime." He adds that "people-to-people" visits "have been abused by tourists who have no interest in the Cuban people’s freedom," Politico reports.

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JT119
Apr 12, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
REPUBLICANS CAN'T FIND ANYTHING ELSE TO DO !!!!???
trailmix
Apr 9, 2013 8:31 PM CDT
In the eyes of the GOp this is wrong, but Supreme Court Justices, Thomas and Scalia hanging out with the Koch Brothers is OK fine
K.KRANK
Apr 9, 2013 7:54 PM CDT
Rubio has some 'splaining to do about why he's not married to a relative of Lucille Ball's & why he doesn't play the bongos nightly at the Tropicana. Thinking about running for president when he doesn't have a comedienne wife to be America's first red-headed first lady? We think NOT. ;)