It was all smiles as Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi led a delegation to meet with Cuba's Catholic Cardinal, as U.S. lawmakers outline Congressional hurdles to rapprochement. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi along with a delegation of congressional Democrats meets Cuba's Catholic Cardinal Thursday as part of a visit to the Cuban capital to discuss normalizing relations. It was all smiles. Late last year, President Barack Obama moved toward normalizing relations with Cuba. And some members of Congress favor further relaxation of trade and travel restrictions with the communist-led island. Later at a news conference Democrat, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts outlined some of the hurdles facing a new relationship with Cuba. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE AND MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRAT, JIM MCGOVERN, SAYING: "The issue is whether the current leadership in the (U.S.) House and (U.S.) Senate will schedule a bill for debate and a vote. And that right now seems to be a problem. And so we've got to re-establish the Cuba working group in a bipartisan way and we're going to in a bipartisan way try to press the Republican leadership to practice a little democracy in the House of Representatives and allow us to have a debate and a vote on this issue. This is an important issue and members of both parties ought to be able to debate it, say what they feel about it and vote yes or no on it. And I think if we have that opportunity we can prevail." The group met with Cuban Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel marking the first time Cuba's heir apparent has met with a U.S. delegation.