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Rep. Kathy Castor to travel to Cuba with President Obama



U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, will travel to Cuba next week with President Obama, joining a group of lawmakers on the historic visit that still stirs controversy.

“This monumental and historic step is needed to help turn the page on a failed policy of isolation and move forward with greater engagement and normalizing relations with Cuba,” Castor said. “President Obama and the congressional delegation’s visit will encourage further economic and human rights changes on the island.”

Castor has long advocated for a diplomatic thaw with Cuba, breaking with South Florida lawmakers, including some Democrats. During the visit the Tampa Bay Rays will play the Cuban national team.

“This is a wonderful goodwill gesture between the United States and Cuba.  Everyone who has a passion for baseball and a passion for positive change are looking forward to it,” Castor said.

This will be Castor's third visit to Cuba, having gone in 2013 and last month. Seventeen other House Democrats will go, including Nancy Pelosi.

Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years.

[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2016 6:29pm]


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