Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is among many American lawmakers pushing legislation that would lift the Cuban embargo. With Fidel Castro and his complicated relationship with the U.S. now officially over, many are hoping a fresh start is right around the corner.
On the streets of Miami, the death of Castro was cause for celebration.
"The streets are so joyous because seven generations of Cubans are celebrating the death of a dictator," Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said.
For 57 years, Castro has been the face of the Cuban revolution. After taking power at the age of 33, he became one of the most controversial world leaders of the 20th century. During his nearly six decade long reign, Castro was loved by some and criticized by many.
"More than anything else, this is a major change symbolically, and symbolism matters in American Cuban relations," Sen. Klobuchar said.
Senator Klobuchar is among many in Congress who sees Castro's death as a chance at progress.
Despite giving up control of the country to his brother in 2006, Castro has remained a figurehead of defiance. But with news of his death, a renewed hope draws a path to normal relations.
"This could really turn a page on Cuban American relations. We have been working so hard on the bill to pass the embargo. It would be good for Minnesota and it would for Cuba," Sen. Klobuchar said.
In recent years, travel and economic restrictions between Cuba and the United States have been eased, but major restrictions remain in place. As the world processes the death of a larger than life figure, the country Castro leaves behind is faced with a choice.
Castro's younger brother Raul has been more open to America, but with Raul set to step down in 2018, the future of America-Cuba diplomacy is very much in flux.