Emerson Proposes Easing Restrictions on Cuba

WASHINGTON - Southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson is among several lawmakers who want to open up agricultural exports to Cuba and end travel restrictions.

Emerson says current policy hurts U.S. producers more than it hurts Fidel Castro.

The Missouri Republican is joining Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana and others who want to end restrictions on trade with Cuba.

Baucus is proposing legislation that would let Cuba make direct payments to U.S. banks instead of requiring prepayments.

It also expedites visas to Cubans involved in buying farm products from the United States and lifts all restrictions on travel to Cuba.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)