Republican lawmakers are still clearly upset about the famous couple’s now-infamous anniversary trip, having approved a $17 billion financial services spending bill which, among other things, contains a provision that would tighten travel restrictions to Cuba. Politico reports that the bill covers multiple agencies, one of which is the Treasury Department, which approved the trip that included Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Rep. Jose Serano, a committee member who opposed the bill has said “This is the Jay-Z, Beyonce Bill”.
There had already been a great deal of outrage from Republican house members over the trip, claiming that tourism to Cuba funded “the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people.” Responding in typical fashion, Jay-Z released “Open Letter” which will be released as a “playable letter” on Jack White’s Third Man Label. The song dismissed the criticisms and even joked that Barack Obama claimed he “would get him impeached”.
President Obama had, previously, also made a statement, saying “You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.” A memo that was clearly not passed on to members of the House subcommittee.