''One reason the omnibus spending bill did not find the votes it needed last night was resistance to its change in Cuba policy. The bill, as currently written, would loosen trade restrictions by allowing more frequent visits to Cuba. More specifically, it would forbid the use of funds to enforce the law against visiting Cuba more than once every three years.
Senators Mel Martinez (R., Fla.), Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) were the ones vocally resisting the change. Here is part of Menendez's speech on the floor last night. It is interesting that the pro-choice Democrat mentions of Cuba's abortion policy and the imprisonment of one doctor who refused to perform them''.
Cuba and the Omnibus, David Freddoso
Photo: children in Cuba.