New "Jay-Z and Beyoncé" Bill Being Pushed in Congress

The couple’s controversial trip to Cuba is still a hot topic on the Hill.

Posted: 07/12/2013 10:33 AM EDT

New legislation that includes a provision to further tighten restrictions on travel to Cuba is on its way to committee review in the House of Representatives, and it's being dubbed the "Jay-Z and Beyoncé Bill."

Some Republicans and human rights activists criticized the U.S. Department of Treasury's approval of Jay's and Bey's visit to the island for their fifth wedding anniversary. The new bill would limit travel to academic study as it relates to a degree program.

Representative José Serrano, a Democrat from New York, opposes the provision. "When an artist of a category of Jay-Z or Beyoncé goes to Cuba, they're not there on vacation," he told BET.com. "They're there to hear the music, to hear the sound, to understand. They know this is a country rich in culture and music. And vice versa for the Cubans to have this superstar [couple] come talk to them and say we appreciate the work you do and what you've meant in terms of your music and art throughout history."

Jay has addressed detractors in the "Open Letter" song he dropped earlier this year.

The provision in the "Jay-Z and Beyoncé Bill" is part of a larger $17 billion spending bill that would continue funding for the operations of several federal agencies including the Dept. of Treasury. The bill would have to be passed in its entirety by both the House and Senate to become law. 

 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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