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Senator Dick Durbin is applauding the latest news when it comes to improved relations between the US and Cuba. He backs a proposal by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to select eight U.S. airlines to begin scheduled flights between ten cities in the United States and Cuba.


Durbin says those flights would do more than bring a few tourist dollars to the financially troubled island nation. He also believes the flights would open up Cuba "to new ideas, new values, and improved human rights that our 50 year old policy of isolation could not achieve.”


Durbin is hopeful Chicago will be among the cities chosen for direct flights to Cuba. Last year, Durbin introduced the bipartisan Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, which would end restrictions on travel by American citizens and legal residents to Cuba.


The bill would also end restrictions on transactions related to travel, such as banking transactions.

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