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May 11, 2000

A House panel voted to ease the 40-year-old embargo against Cuba by permitting sales of food and medicine to the island nation, matching a similar decision Tuesday by a Senate committee. By a 35-24 vote, the House Appropriations Committee preserved a provision in an agricultural appropriations bill that would license such sales as long as they are not subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. The measure also would prohibit the president from including food and medicine in future embargoes of other countries.

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