The two nations are set to resume talks Friday in Washington on the restoration of diplomatic relations.
In Senate testimony, he discusses the debates on those issues but doesn’t give clues about the outcomes.
The Obama administration says it moved quickly while the speed of the operation frustrated others.
It’s unclear if the new diplomatic opening with the U.S. will be an economic boon for Havana.
The president said the request is “not the authorization of another ground war.”
The measure, if approved, would not ban limited boots on the ground and would expire in three years.
The claim that humanitarian worker Kayla Mueller, 26, was killed could not be immediately verified.
Obama reconfirms a plan that puts American values on par with military muscle in advancing the nation’s interests and protecting it from threats.
At a Senate subcommitee hearing, Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez continue to question Obama’s policy.
Where many government opponents in Cuba see opportunity in normalization, others see only betrayal.