CUBA TRAVEL BAN KEPT IN PLACE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports Congress will go along with White House demands that the 40-year ban on travel to Cuba remain in place. Although the Republican-run House and Senate had approved provisions earlier this year lifting the ban, negotiators dropped the language from a compromise bill.
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), an advocate of lifting the ban, tried persuading lawmakers to settle for a narrower provision allowing travel to the Communist-run country by farm groups promoting sales of agricultural products. But it died when House bargainers refused to accept it on a voice vote. "It means nothing if this bill is not signed into law," said Rep. Ernest Istook of Oklahoma, the chief House negotiator, referring to a threatened veto by President Bush if the travel ban was lifted.