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Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

2 years 1 month 22 hours ago December 18, 2014 Dec 18, 2014 Thursday, December 18 2014 December 18, 2014 5:22 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress.

His initiative opened fissures in both parties. Criticism came mostly from Republicans, but some prominent Democrats voiced opposition, too.

Opponents spoke of holding up money to set up a full-service U.S. embassy in Havana, blocking Obama's nominee as ambassador or other such steps. But if Obama vetoed legislation blocking his actions, few think opponents could override it.

And even though Republicans will control both the Senate and House come January, they will face pressure from businesses and the farm industry not to stand in the way of expanded ties.

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