Florida congressman criticizes baseball team's trip to Cuba

07/31/08 7:34AM

A Florida congressman is criticizing a Vermont-New Hampshire youth baseball team's trip to Cuba next week.

According to a column in the Washington Post, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., an anti-Castro Cuban-American, held a meeting of the Cuba Democracy Caucus on July 10 to discuss "the very troubling granting of a Treasury/OFAC license to a Little League team to travel to Cuba."

The 14 11- and 12-year-olds plans to be in Cuba for 10 days starting Aug. 8 for a series of games.

Americans are prohibited from traveling to Cuba unless they get permission from the U.S. government.

The team was granted a travel license from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control and is permitted to spend U.S. money in Cuba.

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