U.S. Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba

Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL) listens to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, (R-FL), during a press conference in MiamiBy Roberta Rampton and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress searched on Thursday for a strategy to sink or at least slow President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, drawing a shrug from the White House. They floated ideas to fight the Democrat Obama’s moves to forge ties and expand commercial ties with the communist-led island after half a century of hostility. Their ideas included denying funds to reopen a Havana embassy and blocking the confirmation of a U.S. ambassador. …

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