$20M allocation for ‘promoting democracy’ in Cuba will remain unchanged in 2011-12
$20M allocation for 'promoting democracy' in Cuba will remain unchanged
U.S. State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley told journalists on
Tuesday that the budget unveiled Monday for the U.S. fiscal year that
starts Oct. 1, 2011, included a $20-million (fot2) allocation for
"promoting democracy'' in Cuba – the same level of funding as in the
previous two fiscal years.
The comment came in reply to a question about Alan Gross, a U.S.
government subcontractor jailed in Havana since late 2009 for delivering
satellite communications equipment to Jewish groups. His work was paid
out of the Cuba democracy programs.
In another Cuba-related development, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a
longtime critic of Radio/TV Marti, has filed an amendment to a must-pass
House spending bill that would eliminate all of the U.S. broadcaster's
funding: $30 million.
–JUAN O. TAMAYO.