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Florida Legislature: Obama Wrong To Change Cuba Policy

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) —  The Florida House voted Wednesday to send President Barack Obama a message that it is against his decision to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba.

The resolution also says the Legislature opposes the opening of any Cuban consulate or diplomatic office in the state.

The three-page message to Obama and Congress expresses "profound disagreement" with the president's decision last December to restore relations with the communist nation just 90 miles off the Florida coast. It says Fidel and Raul Castro have mistreated Cuban citizens since they took power in 1959.

Rep. Joseph Geller spoke against the resolution. Geller, a Democrat from Aventura, said that "rhetoric" would do nothing to free the people of Cuba.

The Florida Senate approved the resolution last month.

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