Comprehensive immigration reform may be dead on arrival and the farm bill may still be languishing in purgatory, but let it not be said that House Republicans aren’t tackling our most pressing issues, such as Jay-Z and Beyonce traveling to Cuba.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill Wednesday containing a provision aimed at tightening travel restrictions to Cuba. Reps are calling it the “Jay-Z, Beyonce Bill,” referencing the “educational trip” the stars took to the country earlier this year (one that conveniently coincided with their fifth wedding anniversary). [...]
The provision is part of a $17 billion financial services spending bill that funds the operations of the Treasury Department, which approved Bey and Jay’s trip. Under this new legislation, travelers will have to be pursuing academic study in Cuba related to a degree program for their trip to be approved.
Anytime I feel like I haven’t accomplished very much on any given day, I can take one glance at the House of Representatives and suddenly feel better about myself.