The blockade continues to hurt the interests of ordinary people in Cuba by the strain it puts on the Cuban economy.
From financial penalties to blocking transactions with Cuban state-run businesses, the U.S. blockade of Cuba is still in force.
The United States President called for removing "the shadow of history from our relationship."
The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity is returning to Washington next month to increase pressure on President Obama.
News of improved Cuban-American relations has been hitting the fast lane recently, benefiting citizens of both nations.
Interview with Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the newly reestablished Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C.
Ending restrictions on U.S. tourist travel, expanding U.S. exports to Cuba - both are topics that are unlikely to survive the rigors of Republican-dominated Congress.
"We call upon Congress to repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act," which has "led to the deaths of Cubans crossing the Florida Straits in boats."
State Department spokesperson John Kirby regards "resolution of outstanding claims" as a top priority for normalization.
A letter sent to the House and Senate leadership emphasizes the benefits, including to agriculture, of increasing U.S. trade with Cuba.