DENIED! Obama Suffers Setback on Cuba

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As the Obama administration barrels toward its end-around on the Cuban embargo, The House of Representatives today made it much harder for the president to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the communist dictatorship.

The State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations voted today to prohibit a State Department request of $6.6 million to establish a functioning embassy in Havana.

South Florida Congressman and member of the subcommittee, Mario Diaz-Balart said in a statement after the vote:

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As President Obama continues to appease the Castro brothers, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that the Congress stands in solidarity with the Cuban people rather than providing further concessions to their oppressors.

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The funding would be used, not to build a new embassy, but to renovate and retrofit the existing “Cuban Interest Section” building on the Malecon water front of Havana.