Republicans at the House Appropriations Committee have helped pass a spending bill restricting travel to the island. Republicans have a tremendous amount of support from conservative Cubans in South Florida, a very influential voting population in the state.
Rep. Jose Serrano, a democrat from New York, explained,
“This is the Jay-Z, Beyonce Bill. Absolutely [it’s a response to the trip], and it’s playing to the audience in Miami.”
The Jay-Z, Beyonce Bill is part of a larger spending bill funding a number of agencies. The GOP argued that travel policy for Cuba is way too broad and should be limited to academic and educational trips, not for tourism. Jay-Z and Queen Bey caused a ruckus when they visited in the spring for their 5 year anniversary.
by Ikam Acosta