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Florida Democratic Congresswoman calls for Cuban embargo to be lifted

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Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor says it's time to lift the embargo on Cuba.

Castor just returned from a trip to Cuba and says the country is changing.

" They have embarked on economic reforms that the United States of America should promote.", says Castor.

The Florida Democrat says she believes she is only the second member of congress from the state to visit Cuba since 1959.

Castor met with a number of Cuban government officials during her trip and she is calling for a significant change to U.S. and Cuban relations.

Castor says, "Fiedel Castro is no longer in power. There is a generational change occurring in the government of Cuba. They are still a hard corps communist nation, but they are embarking on market reforms in their economy that deserve encouragement."

Castor also says it's time to allow Americans to freely travel to Cuba.

"I believe policy makers in Washington should consider lifting the embargo on Cuba. They should consider, they should lift the travel restrictions that prevent Americans from traveling to Cuba.", says Castor

Tampa Attorney Ralph Fernandez says he believes Castor is making a huge mistake.

Fernandez has long fought for the embargo to stay in place.

Fernandez says," In terms of the travel act, we fund repression. It doesn't go to the people, it never has. A fraction goes to the improvement of the people."

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