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article imageJay-Z & Beyonce's Cuba trip inspires restricting travel to Cuba

By Layne Weiss     Jul 12, 2013 in Politics
On Wednesday July 10, a spending bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee. It's actually being called The "Jay-Z, Beyonce" bill. The bill's name was given by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY).
"Absolutely [it's a response to the Jay-Z &Beyonce Cuba trip], and it's playing to the audiences in Miami," Serrano told Politico.
Serrano is an advocate for easing travel restrictions to Cuba, the Huff Post reports.
The $17 billion dollar bill will restrict travel to Cuba to educational purposes for a degree program, HipHopDX reports.
Subcommittee Chairman Andrew Crenshaw, a supporter of the bill, has expressed concerned about Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba calling it an "example of how guidelines are not being enforced." Speaking with Politico, Crenshaw said, "I think that if we're going to say that we have this policy in place that relates to Cuba that it ought to be enforced and that becomes a gray area where they're probably not really following the guidelines."
Rep. Jose Serrano supported Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba. He said the only mistake they made was "being seen in public." He thought their trip was successful. "Isn't it educational for a superstar in our country to go to Cuba and say, 'Look who we are?'' Serrano added.
President Obama joked about the trip at the White House Correspondents' Dinner saying he had "99 problems and now Jay-Z is one."
Jay-Z addressed the criticism over the trip in the song "Open Letter."
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