Conservatives Resolved To Blast Cuba Opening

Mar 5, 2015

Crossing swords with the Obama Administration is costing the state 1 billion in federal health care subsidies. But as Jim Ash reports, the Florida Senate took another stab Thursday at the White House, this time over U.S. foreign policy and Cuba.

Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, is shaking her fist at Obama
Credit Florida House of Representatives

In 1959, Cuba dictator Fidel Castro rode into Havana in triumph, sending a wave of immigrants to Miami. Fifty three years later, Florida Republicans are still livid, especially over President Barack Obama’s decision in January to reopen diplomatic ties with a nation still under Castro rule.

Representative Jaenette Nunez, a Miami Republican, is sending the message through a House resolution.

“Basically, it expresses profound disagreement with the decision of the president to resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba, a state sponsor of terrorism.”

It passed the House Local and Federal Affairs Committee Thursday. Although it would likely win the support of Governor Rick Scott, resolutions take a different path than most bills and require only House and Senate approval.

A companion measure by Senator Anitere Flores, also a Miami Republican, is awaiting its first hearing.