GOP tries to use spending bills to curb Obama Cuba plans

Opponents of President Obama’s plan to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba are trying to use must-pass funding bills to limit Obama’s ability to expand trade and travel with the communist island.

Cuba hadn’t been on the congressional radar for years, but Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with the Cuban government and increase contact with its people has reignited a legislative battle.

Republicans are trying to use the massive, complicated appropriations bills winding their way through Congress to block the president’s plan. Democrats are taking advantage of the debate to push for expanded travel to the island. And Obama is threatening to veto any GOP changes to his new policy.
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