Florida Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart are asking for more information surrounding the trip music stars Beyoncé and Jay-Z recently took to Cuba.
The Cuban dictatorship is considered a state sponsor of terrorism, and because the Cuban tourism industry is state-run, dollars spent by tourists "directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people," the lawmakers write.
"We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents. The restrictions on tourism travel are common-sense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly, and belief," they add.
They ask in the letter for more information on the reason behind and type of license the two received, as well as who approved their travel request.
Though trips to Cuba solely for tourist activities are banned, the federal government has issued travel visas for other purposes, including cultural, religious and academic visits.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly visited Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary, and they appear strolling through the streets of Havana in pictures of their trip, Beyoncé with a camera around her neck.
Last September, President Obama attended a fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z and Beyoncé in New York during his reelection campaign.