"The new U.S. policy announced by the administration is no doubt
sweeping, and as of now there is no real understanding as to what
changes the Cuban government is prepared to make. We will be closely
examining the implications of these major policy changes in the next
Congress," Corker said in a statement.
Several other senators who take a harder line on Cuba's Communist
government, including Democrat Robert Menendez, have strongly
denounced plans for changes in U.S. policy and the exchange of Cuban
prisoners for aid worker Alan Gross.
Corker will replace Menendez as chairman of the panel when the new
Republican-majority Senate is seated next month.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Susan Heavey)
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