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U.S./Cuba politics: Inching towards change?

Provisions in the Obama administration’s US$410bn budget, approved on March 10th by the Senate (and in February by the lower house), modestly ease restrictions on trade with and travel to Cuba. However, in order to secure the votes of two senators who opposed the easing, the administration effectively limited its scope. Although the measures are symbolically important—the first to affect US-Cuba relations in five years—they set the scene for continued debate on Washington’s Cuba policy, and add to uncertainty about where exactly the new administration intends to go.

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