Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

Congresistas Ros-Lehtinen y Deutch Presentan Resolucion Honrando a Alberto Nisman

2018/01/19

Congresistas Ros-Lehtinen y Deutch Presentan Resolucion Honrando a Alberto Nisman

 

(Washington) En el aniversario del fallecimiento del fiscal argentino Alberto Nisman, la Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) y el Congresista Ted Deutch (FL-22), respectivamente presidente y vicepresidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y Africa del Norte, presentaron una resolución en honor al trabajo de Nisman y pidiendo una investigación completa y justa sobre su muerte.

Nisman fue el fiscal especial que supervisó la investigación del atentado de 1994 contra el edificio AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) de Buenos Aires.

"Asesinado hace tres años por investigar a Irán y Hezbolá en el ataque terrorista contra la AMIA, Alberto Nisman fue valiente en su lucha contra la corrupción y el terrorismo en Argentina", dijo la Congresista Ros-Lehtinen. "A pesar de las constantes amenazas, Alberto persiguió implacablemente a los responsables por el ataque mortal para llevarlos ante la justicia. A medida que continuó reuniendo pruebas que apuntaban hacia Hezbolá, me reuní con él varias veces en Washington, DC para hablar sobre sus descubrimientos y sobre cómo proteger a nuestro hemisferio de la amenaza iraní. Con esta resolución, buscamos continuar el trabajo vital de Alberto, instar la transparencia en la investigación tanto del asesinato de Alberto como del atentado AMIA, y finalmente, de una vez por todas, responsabilizar a Irán por sus crímenes despreciables y sin sentido contra la comunidad judía de Buenos Aires. "

"Alberto Nisman se comprometió a descubrir la verdad del terrible atentado de la AMIA que mató a 85 personas e hirió a cientos de otras", dijo el Congresista Deutch. "Se negó a permitir que Irán o Hezbolá salieran impunes con este acto de terrorismo, y se negó a permitir que funcionarios corruptos cubrieran los hechos y se lavaran las manos de este horrible ataque. Su arduo trabajo no fue en vano, y esta resolución honra su legado e insta transparencia total sobre las circunstancias de su muerte y la investigación de los bombardeos de la AMIA ".

En diciembre de 2017, un juez federal en Argentina acusó a la ex presidenta Cristina Fernández de Kirchner de traición por encubrir la participación de Irán en el atentado contra la AMIA.

Los Senadores de los Estados Unidos Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) y Marco Rubio (R-FL) presentaron una resolución complementaria en el Senado.

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Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Introduce Resolution Honoring Alberto Nisman

2018/01/18

Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Introduce Resolution Honoring Alberto Nisman

(Washington) Today, on the anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), the Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, introduced a resolution honoring his work and calling for a full and just investigation into his death.

Nisman was the Special Prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) building.

“Murdered three years ago for investigating Iran and its proxy Hezbollah’s role in the AMIA terror attack, Alberto Nisman was fearless in his fight against corruption and terrorism in Argentina," said Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. "Despite constant threats, Alberto relentlessly pursued those responsible for the deadly attack in order to bring them to justice. As he continued gathering evidence that pointed toward Hezbollah, I met with him several times in Washington, DC to talk about his findings and how to protect our hemisphere from the Iranian threat. With this resolution, we seek to continue Alberto’s vital work, urge transparency in the investigation of both Alberto’s murder and the AMIA bombing, and finally, once and for all, hold Iran accountable for its senseless and despicable crimes against Buenos Aires’ Jewish community.” “Alberto Nisman committed himself to uncovering the truth of the horrific AMIA bombing that killed 85 and injured hundreds of others,” said Congressman Deutch. “He refused to let Iran or Hezbollah get away with this act of terrorism, and he refused to let corrupt officials cover up the facts and wash their hands of this horrible attack. His hard work was not in vain, and this resolution honors his legacy and urges full transparency on the circumstances of his death and the AMIA bombing investigation.”

In December 2017, a federal judge in Argentina indicted former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for treason for covering up Iran’s involvement in the AMIA bombing.

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate.

 

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TPS Letter to Speaker Ryan

2018/01/16


Congresistas Ros-Lehtinen y Engel Condenan Intento de Maduro de Usar Asistencia Internacional Humanitaria Para Presionar Oposición

2018/01/12

Congresistas Ros-Lehtinen y Engel Condenan Intento de Maduro de Usar Asistencia Internacional Humanitaria Para Presionar Oposición

Washington – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, presidente emérita de la Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara, y Eliot L. Engel, Miembro de Alto Rango de la Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara, hicieron la siguiente declaración hoy sobre reportes que el régimen de Maduro está tratando de forzar a la oposición a reconocer la legitimidad de su controversial Asamblea Nacional Constituyente en lugar de permitir que ayuda humanitaria llegue al país. Declaración de los congresistas:

“Si estos reportes son verdaderos, es completamente insólito que Maduro esté intentando usar ayuda internacional humanitaria como manera de presionar a la oposición a concederle legitimidad sobre su Asamblea Nacional Constituyente fraudulenta. La política de Maduro ha creado esta situación humanitaria horrenda en Venezuela y ha causado una escasez severa de alimentos y medicina.

La situación en Venezuela es insostenible e instamos que se les permita la entrada a misiones de las Naciones Unidas y la Cruz Roja para observar la situación humanitaria. También creemos que se le debe permitir la entrada a un equipo de USAID para hacer su propia determinación.”

NOTA: El 7 de diciembre 2017, la Cámara aprobó H.R. 2658 - The Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017 patrocinado por Engel y Ros-Lehtinen. El proyecto de ley asigna como mandato una estrategia de USAID para proveer ayuda humanitaria al pueblo venezolano. El proyecto también tiene el propósito de combatir la corrupción endémica entre los oficiales gubernamentales en Venezuela.

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Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Engel Condemn Maduro’s Attempt to Use International Humanitarian Assistance to Coerce Opposition

2018/01/12

 Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Engel Condemn Maduro’s Attempt to Use International Humanitarian Assistance to Coerce Opposition

WASHINGTON— U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Emeritus of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement today regarding reports that the Maduro government is trying to force the opposition to recognize the legitimacy of his controversial National Constituent Assembly in exchange for allowing much needed food and humanitarian aid into the country. Statement by the Reps.:

“If reports are true, it is appalling that Mr. Maduro is attempting to use international humanitarian assistance as a means to coerce the opposition to bestow legitimacy upon his fraudulent National Constitutent Assembly. Maduro’s policies have created the dire humanitarian situation in Venezuela and have caused a severe shortage of food and medicine.

The situation on the ground is untenable, and we call for the United Nations and the Red Cross to be allowed to bring in missions to observe the humanitarian situation. We also believe that USAID should be permitted to send a team to form its own assessment.”

NOTE: On December 7, 2017, the House passed H.R. 2658 - The Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017 – authored by Engel and Ros-Lehtinen. The bill mandates a strategy from USAID to provide humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people. The bill also aims to combat widespread corruption among government officials in Venezuela. 

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ROS-LEHTINEN, ENGEL STATEMENT ON INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS OPINION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

2018/01/12

ROS-LEHTINEN, ENGEL STATEMENT ON INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS OPINION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

WASHINGTON—Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair Emeritus of the Committee, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:

“We applaud this week’s opinion by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights requiring 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to recognize same-sex marriages. Countries in the Americas, including the United States, have made important strides in recent years in ensuring that LGBT citizens have the same rights as everyone else. But we still have a long way to go. In the coming months, we look forward to working with our friends in the region as they seek to implement the court’s opinion. We join human rights advocates throughout the world in celebrating this crucial step in the march towards equality.”

Background:

On January 9th, the Inter-American court of Human Rights issued an Advisory Opinion that Costa Rica must recognize marriage equality. This opinion is relevant to Costa Rica and 19 other countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean that have accepted the Court’s jurisdiction. The opinion was made in response to a petition from Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis asking the Court for its opinion on the matter. The court also stated that transgender individuals should be allowed to change their name and gender marker on identity documents.

 

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Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism condemns French market attack

2018/01/11

Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism condemns French market attack

                                                                                                             

Washington, D.C. —  Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY) Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) issued the following statement in response to recent attacks in France against Jewish-owned establishments, including Tuesday’s arson attack of a kosher supermarket in Créteil on the anniversary of the 2015 Hyper Cacher attack:

“We are appalled by the arson attack against the Promo Stock kosher supermarket near Paris. As we mark three years since the heinous terrorist attack against a Hyper Cacher that left four civilians dead, we see fresh evidence that despite the French government’s commitment to counter radicalization and anti-Semitism, more must be done to ensure the safety and security of France’s Jewish community. We call upon French authorities to take swift action to hold perpetrators of this attack accountable.”

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Background:

Last week, two kosher shops, Promo Stock and Hyper Cacher, in Créteil were defaced with swastikas. On Tuesday, January 9, the Promo Stock was vandalized and set on fire. This incident comes on the third anniversary of the deadly attack on a Hyper Cacher in 2015.

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Ros-Lehtinen elogia la decisión de la Administración de designar al presidente del Consejo Electoral Supremo de Nicaragua elegible para las sanciones bajo la Ley Global Magnitsky, e insta a designaciones adicionales en la próxima ronda

2017/12/21

Ros-Lehtinen elogia la decisión de la Administración de designar al presidente del Consejo Electoral Supremo de Nicaragua elegible para las sanciones bajo la Ley Global Magnitsky, e insta a designaciones adicionales en la próxima ronda

Junto a Ros-Lehtinen y Sires en una carta enviada a la administración a principios de este mes para pedir la designación de Global Magnitsky se encontraban los Senadores Rubio, Menéndez, Cruz y Nelson, y los Representantes Royce, Engel, Cook y Wasserman Schultz

(Washington, DC) - La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), presidente emérita de la Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara, hizo la siguiente declaración en respuesta a la designación de Roberto Rivas, presidente del Consejo Supremo Electoral de Nicaragua, por violaciones a los derechos humanos y actos de corrupción bajo las autoridades provistas por la Ley Global Magnitsky de Responsabilidad de Derechos Humanos. A principios de este mes, Ros-Lehtinen dirigió una carta bipartidista y bicameral a la administración en la que solicitó la sanción de Rivas en virtud de esta ley. Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:

"A principios de este mes, dirigí una carta bicameral y bipartidista a la administración instándola a considerar a Rivas, presidente del Consejo Electoral Supremo de Nicaragua (CSE), y Francisco López, vicepresidente de ALBANISA, para su designación bajo la Ley Global Magnitsky. Hoy, la administración dio un paso importante al emitir su primer conjunto de designaciones bajo la Ley Global Magnitsky, que incluye el nombre de Rivas en la lista. La magnitud de la corrupción y el fraude orquestado por Rivas está bien documentada y bien merecedora de estas sanciones.

"Me alienta que la administración esté tomando medidas decisivas en apoyo al pueblo de Nicaragua, pero este debe ser el primer paso en lugar del último. Espero que en la próxima ronda de sanciones, la administración designe a López por su papel en la erosión de las instituciones democráticas en Nicaragua y por sus violaciones de los derechos del pueblo nicaragüense.

"Global Magnitsky es solo una herramienta que la administración puede usar para reducir los abusos contra los derechos humanos en Nicaragua y hacer que el régimen de Ortega rinda cuentas. A principios de este año, la Cámara aprobó otra medida, un proyecto de ley que yo redacté, la Ley NICA, que proporcionaría una herramienta más para que la administración cumpla con estos objetivos. Insto a mis colegas en el Senado a que tomen esta medida y la envíen al escritorio del Presidente para que podamos enviar un poderoso mensaje a Ortega y sus compinches de que no se permitirá que estos abusos continúen sin consecuencias ".

NOTA: Los Congresistas Ros-Lehtinen y Albio Sires (D-NJ) enviaron una carta bicameral y bipartidista a la administración el 1 de diciembre de 2017, instando al Departamento de Estado y al Departamento del Tesoro a investigar a Roberto Rivas y Francisco López y determinar si cumplieron los criterios para ser sancionados bajo Global Magnitsky. También se unieron a esta carta los Senadores Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Cruz (R-TX) y Bill Nelson (D-FL), y los Representantes Ed Royce (R-FL). CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Paul Cook (R-CA) y Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Para leer el texto completo de la carta, haga clic aquí.

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Ros-Lehtinen Commends Administration’s Decision Designating President of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council for Sanctions Under Global Magnitsky Act, Urges Additional Designations in Next Round

2017/12/21

Ros-Lehtinen Commends Administration’s Decision Designating President of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council for Sanctions Under Global Magnitsky Act, Urges Additional Designations in Next Round

Joining Ros-Lehtinen and Sires in letter sent to administration earlier this month urging Global Magnitsky designations were: Senators Rubio, Menendez, Cruz and Nelson, and Reps. Royce, Engel, Cook and Wasserman Schultz

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement in response to the designation of Roberto Rivas, president of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council, for human rights violations and acts of corruption under the authorities provided by the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Earlier this month, Ros-Lehtinen led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the administration asking for Rivas to be sanctioned under this Act. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Earlier this month, I led a bicameral, bipartisan letter to the administration urging it to consider Rivas, president of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), and Francisco Lopez, vice-president of ALBANISA, for designation under the Global Magnitsky Act. Today, the administration took an important step in issuing its first set of designations under the Global Magnitsky Act, which included Rivas’ name on the list. The magnitude of corruption and fraud orchestrated by Rivas is both well documented and well deserving of these sanctions.

“I’m encouraged that the administration is taking decisive action in support of the people of Nicaragua, but this must be the first step rather than the last. I hope that in the next round of sanctions, the administration designates Lopez for his role in the erosion of the democratic institutions in Nicaragua and for his violations of the rights of the Nicaraguan people.

“Global Magnitsky is just one tool for the administration to use to curb human rights abuses in Nicaragua and to hold the Ortega regime accountable. Earlier this year, the House passed another measure – a bill I authored, the NICA Act – which would provide yet another tool for the administration to meet these objectives. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take up this measure and send it to the President’s desk so that we can send a powerful message to Ortega and his cronies that these abuses will not be allowed to continue without consequences.”

NOTE: Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Albio Sires (D-NJ) sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter to the administration on December 1, 2017, urging the Department of State and the Department of Treasury to investigate Roberto Rivas and Francisco Lopez and determine whether they met criteria to be sanctioned under Global Magnitsky. They were also joined in this letter by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Paul Cook (R-CA), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). To read the full text of the letter, please click here.

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Cook, Poe, y Ros-Lehtinen instan más acción contra Hezbolá en el Hemisferio Occidental

2017/12/20

Cook, Poe, y Ros-Lehtinen instan más acción contra Hezbolá en el Hemisferio Occidental

Washington, DC - Hoy, los Congresistas Paul Cook (R-CA-08), Presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, Ted Poe (TX-02), Presidente del Subcomité de Terrorismo, No Proliferación y Comercio, e Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte de la Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes enviaron una carta al Presidente Trump instando tomar acciones más firme de los EE. UU. en contra a  las actividades de tráfico de drogas de Hezbolá en el Hemisferio Occidental. La carta insta a la Administración que designe a Hezbolá como una Organización Criminal Transnacional (TCO por sus siglas en ingles) y como Entidad Kingpin Designada (SDNTK por sus siglas en ingles) y para comenzar una investigación sobre Hezbolá como una empresa criminal bajo la Ley de Organizaciones Corruptas Influenciadas:

Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen: "No es ningún secreto que, en su búsqueda del acuerdo nuclear débil y peligroso, la administración de Obama ignoró la actividad ilícita de Irán y la amenaza que el estado patrocinador de terror representaba para nuestra seguridad nacional y la seguridad y estabilidad de nuestros aliados. Si los informes recientes sobre el tamaño y el alcance de las operaciones de Hezbolá en América Latina son ciertos, todos deberíamos estar alarmados, ya que coloca al grupo terrorista en nuestro propio hemisferio. No tenemos tiempo que perder al abordar esta amenaza y es por eso que me he unido a Ted y Paul en escribirle a la administración e instándola a tomar medidas inmediatas para desbaratar las redes financieras de Hezbolá e intentar revertir los daños ya causados ​​.”

 

 

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Ros-Lehtinen Praises Work of City Year Miami to Help Ensure Students Reach their Potential

2018-01-18 20:00:49


On the House Floor: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Speaks about the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism

2018-01-18 17:54:17


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Recognizes Grameen America & Its CEO for Opening a Miami Branch

2018-01-18 17:22:20


On the House Floor: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Recognizes United Way President and CEO Maria Alonso

2018-01-17 18:55:52


Ros-Lehtinen on House Floor: US Must Pay Close Attention To Elections In Brazil, Colombia, Others

2018-01-17 16:25:04


On House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Lauds South Florida Organizations That Are Fighting Human Trafficking

2018-01-17 00:23:20


Ros-Lehtinen's Opening Statement on Upcoming Elections in the Western Hemisphere and US Policy

2018-01-12 00:00:06


Ros-Lehtinen Questions Witnesses in Hearing on Upcoming Elections in Western Hemisphere

2018-01-12 00:00:35


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Honors the Life of South Florida Leader Parker Thomson

2018-01-10 16:40:22


On House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates St. Thomas U on Gus Machado Business School

2018-01-10 16:35:31


Ros-Lehtinen on the House Floor: Congress Should Continue Working Urgently to Protect Dreamers

2018-01-10 16:32:37


Ros-Lehtinen Supports High-Level Exchange between U.S. and Taiwanese Officials

2018-01-09 21:56:35


Ros-Lehtinen Supports Legislation to Help Taiwan Gain Observer Status at WHO

2018-01-09 21:50:03


Ros-Lehtinen Speaks in Support of Legislation Calling for Freedom and Democracy in Iran

2018-01-09 21:46:51


Ros-Lehtinen On House Floor: Its Cruel, Inhumane To Terminate TPS For El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua

2018-01-09 20:07:58


Ros-Lehtinen En Telemundo51: Debemos De Proteger A Los Beneficiarios De TPS

2018-01-09 18:03:37


Ros-Lehtinen Speaks on the 8th Anniversary of the Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

2018-01-09 17:46:16


En Univision23, Ros-Lehtinen Dice Que Los Beneficiarios De TPS Contribuyen Mucho A Nuestro Pais

2018-01-09 17:00:44


Ros-Lehtinen on NBC6: Those In Our Country Under TPS Are Working Legally Which Benefits Our Nation

2018-01-09 16:58:30


On CBS4, Ros-Lehtinen Says She is Committed To Protecting TPS Beneficiaries

2018-01-09 16:57:19


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I am proud to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District, a diverse area which includes Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Hialeah, Key Biscayne, Little Havana, Miami, Pinecrest, South Miami, and Westchester.

I was born in Havana, Cuba on July 1952. At the age of eight, my family and I were forced to flee from the oppressive communist regime of Fidel Castro. We settled in Miami and put down permanent roots in our community. I attended Southside Elementary School in Little Havana, West Miami Junior High, and Southwest High School. In the years following, I earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1972, Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Florida International University in 1975 and 1985 respectively, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami in 2004. I consider education a lifelong journey.

I began my career as a Florida certified teacher. I also founded and served as the principal and teacher of a private bilingual elementary school in Hialeah. I was inspired to enter public service by many of the parents and students; to fight on their behalf for a stronger educational system, lower taxes, and a brighter economic future.

In 1982 I was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives and the Florida Senate in 1986, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in either body. In the state legislature I authored the Florida Prepaid College Plan, which is now the largest pre paid college tuition program in the nation. More than one million Florida families have used this program to send their children to college.

I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1989– the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress–following a special election to fill the seat held by the late Claude Pepper. I have been strongly returned to Congress since, winning 60% of the vote in 2012.

To this day, I remain committed to improving the lives of my constituents and our beautiful South Florida community. As the economy remains a pressing issue, I support reducing taxes and cutting back unnecessary government spending. I also support plans to balance the federal budget and increase tax incentives for small businesses and middle class families. South Florida has also felt the devastating effects of the housing crisis. I have fought to end predatory lending practices by mortgage companies and extend the first time homebuyers tax credit.

Given my background in education, I have worked to strengthen the Head Start program. I have also supported legislation to increase the availability to student financial aid and revise the cumbersome and complicated Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

I am a strong advocate of programs that address the serious problem of domestic violence against women. I was a lead sponsor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which increases resources towards the prosecution of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. I also support legislation to increase criminal penalties for perpetrators of Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud is a deplorable practice which robs hardworking seniors of the benefits they spent a lifetime earning, while also wasting billions in taxpayer dollars.

As the wife of a Vietnam veteran and step-mother to Marine aviators, I am passionate about improving our nation’s military, safeguarding veteran’s health care, and ensuring that returning veterans have access to a college education. I have been an outspoken critic of the Miami VA’s recent failures to notify veterans who were at risk of infection, due to contaminated colonoscopy equipment. I also authored legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). These women pioneers had been denied recognition for their service during World War II.

I am Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and am now Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In this role, I continue to voice my strong support for the state of Israel and human rights, including my opposition to Castro’s dictatorial regime in Cuba. I have also led on pressing foreign policy issues including the fight against Islamist extremism, and support of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

I also serve as a member of the House Committee on Rules. This Committee decides what legislation makes it to the House floor and its members are chosen by the Speaker of the House. My priorities as a member of this Committee is to get our nation’s economy back on track and ensure passage of legislation that betters the state of our nation.

I am the proud wife to Dexter Lehtinen, mother and step-mother to 4 adult children, and grandmother to two beautiful baby girls – Morgan Elizabeth and Caroline Grace.


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