The dueling bills are:
The Cuban U.S. Claims Settlement Act:
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and David Vitter (R-LA) have introduced legislation that would require Cuba to address unsettled and unpaid legal claims with the U.S. before easing restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.
The Cuba Digital and Telecommunications Advancement Act:
U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba.
On December 17, 2014, the Whitehouse published a fact sheet called Charting a New Course on Cuba saying that "Telecommunications providers will be allowed to establish the necessary mechanisms, including infrastructure, in Cuba to provide commercial telecommunications and internet services, which will improve telecommunications between the United States and Cuba."
I am no politician, but here are a couple observations.
- DATA is a way better acronym than CUCSA
- The DATA act sounds redundant, unless the next president or the courts reverse President Obama's Cuba policy.
- I bet both acts sneak in more than their one-sentence summaries indicate.
- The DATA act is bi-partisan -- when is the last time that happened?
- Cuba also has claims against the U. S. for damage caused by the trade embargo.