Missouri Leaders Concerned about Cuba Stance
Under the threat of a veto, Congress has abandoned efforts to ease restrictions on trade with the Communist regime as part of a massive spending bill. The dispute stems from a Treasury Department rule requiring Cuba to pay for imported food before the shipments leave US ports. The rule is meant to punish the Castro regime. House Republican Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri said it's just hurting American farmers as Cuba turns to other nations for food. Emerson said it's "huge hypocrisy" for the Bush administration to promote open markets elsewhere while closing off the Cuban market. A spokesman for Senator Kit Bond said the Missouri Republican believes the White House is "dead wrong" on the issue.