The Miami Herald quotes Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Director Peter Schechter on President Obama’s window of opportunity to appoint a US ambassador to Cuba with limited congressional opposition:

“Indeed, after May 29, when time expires for the U.S. Congress to object to removal of Cuba from the state sponsors of terror list, there is an opening for President Obama,” said Peter Schechter, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. “He may choose an ambassador by recess appointment over the summer, a procedural maneuver that allows him to avoid a procedural filibuster in the Senate.”


Schechter said a recess appointment, which would be valid until the end of this Congressional session, “would allow the president to move the ball forward in opening the U.S.-Cuba relationship even while other larger Congressional hurdles, such as the trade embargo, remain.”

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