- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Thursday that there are still practical limitations in place even as President Obama announced a sweeping plan to normalize relations with Cuba on Wednesday.

“This is a process — this is not just opening up banking laws and things like that — those will have to change over time, but that’s not where we’re at in the process,” Ms. Pritzker said on CNN’s “New Day.” “We’re still subject to an embargo.”

Indeed, while business interests offered praise on Wednesday for the moves to make trade with and travel to the country easier, the formal embargo against the country can only be overturned by what will be, at least for the near future, a Congress controlled entirely by the GOP.

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