Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

La Administración Obama Le "Asegura" Al Congreso Que "El Gobierno De Estados Unidos No Tiene Intención De Liberar O Intercambiar" A Espía Condenada Ana Belén Montes

2016/08/26

La Administración Obama Le "Asegura" Al Congreso Que "El Gobierno De Estados Unidos No Tiene Intención De Liberar O Intercambiar" A Espía Condenada Ana Belén Montes

"La dictadura de Castro se aprovecha de que la Casa Blanca hará todo lo posible para ayudar a la tiranía en la Habana con cualquier concesión".

(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R -FL), miembro del House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), hizo la siguiente declaración después de que el Presidente Devin Nunes del HPSCI recibió una respuesta del Departamento de Estado respecto a una consulta sobre el estado de Ana Belén Montes, quien fue declarada culpable y sentenciada a prisión federal en el 2002 por cargos de espionaje para el régimen cubano. Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:

"Mientras la administración Obama asegura que “el gobierno de Estados Unidos no tiene intención de liberar o intercambiar a Montes”, dicho gobierno hizo similares garantías al Congreso sobre el intercambio de los cinco espías cubanos, que ahora sabemos resultó ser falso. En abril de 2013, el Secretario Kerry testificó ante el Congreso que la administración Obama no iba a realizar un intercambio por Alan Gross, sin embargo la administración Obama intercambio los cinco espías con el régimen comunista cubano incluyendo uno que fue condenado en los tribunales de los Estados Unidos por la conspiración de asesinatos contra ciudadanos estadounidenses.

"Cuando se trata de política exterior de Estados Unidos con Cuba, la administración  Obama debe ser precavida. La dictadura de Castro se aprovecha de que la Casa Blanca hará todo lo posible para ayudar a la tiranía en la Habana con cualquier concesión. Montes causo un daño crítico a nuestra seguridad nacional y el Congreso debe asegurarse de que sirva el resto de su condena en el sistema carcelario Federal de Estados Unidos y evitar que la administración ofrezca cualquier tipo de concesión al régimen de Castro". 

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Letter to Secretaries Kerry and Lew to Do More to Support the Venezuelan People

2016/08/26


Obama Administration “Assures” Congress That “The United States Government Has No Intention Of Releasing Or Exchanging” Convicted Spy Ana Belen Montes To Cuba

2016/08/26

Obama Administration “Assures” Congress That “The United States Government Has No Intention Of Releasing Or Exchanging” Convicted Spy Ana Belen Montes To Cuba

“The Castro dictatorship will exploit the fact that the White House will bend over backwards to accommodate any concession to the tyranny in Havana.”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), made the following statement after HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes received a response from the Department of State regarding an inquiry into the status of Ana Belen Montes, who was convicted and sentenced to Federal prison in 2002 on charges of espionage for the Cuban regime. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“While the Obama administration ‘assures’ us that ‘the United States Government has no intention of releasing or exchanging Montes,’ it made similar assurances to Congress regarding the swap of the Cuban Five, which we now know turned out to be false. In April 2013, Secretary Kerry testified before Congress that the Obama administration was not going to conduct a swap for Alan Gross, yet the Cuban Five – including one individual who was convicted in U.S. courts of conspiring to murder U.S. citizens - were indeed traded to communist Cuba.

“When it comes to U.S. foreign policy with Cuba, the Obama administration cannot be trusted. The Castro dictatorship will exploit the fact that the White House will bend over backwards to accommodate any concession to the tyranny in Havana. Montes caused critical damage to our national security and Congress must ensure that she serves out the remainder of her sentence where she belongs, in the U.S. Federal prison system, and prevent the administration from offering her as any sort of concession to the Castro regime.”    

Please click here for Chairman Nunes’ letter, and here for the response from the State Department.

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Department of State Reply Re: Montes

2016/08/26


Chairman Nunes Letter To Obama Admin Re: Montes

2016/08/26


Los Fondos del Narco Trafico de las FARC Impactan Acuerdo de Paz Colombiano, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

2016/08/25

Los Fondos del Narco Trafico de las FARC Impactan Acuerdo de Paz Colombiano, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

“Hemos visto en el pasado, como Hamas en Gaza o Hezbollah en Libano, que permitir que  organizaciones terroristas tengan influencia en el proceso político puede afectar la paz y estabilidad en un país.”

(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración después del anuncio de que el gobierno colombiano y las FARC llegaran a un acuerdo de paz. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:

“Como firme partidaria de Colombia, yo creo que la paz y la estabilidad en un país son clave pero no deben venir a cualquier costo. Aunque los detalles del acuerdo todavía no han sido publicados, el hecho de que el dictador Raul Castro quien se destacó fuertemente durante estas negociaciones, debe causar serias preocupaciones dado a los vínculos estrechos del régimen comunista con las FARC.

“Durante estas negociaciones, el gobierno colombiano abandono sus esfuerzos de erradicar las drogas y el nivel de narcóticos cultivados y producidos en Colombia y esto ha incrementado la amenaza de desestabilizar intereses estadounidenses en la región y también amenaza nuestros aliados en Centroamérica. Es preocupante que las FARC puedan traficar narcóticos para recaudar millones de dólares para sus actividades ilícitas para ayudar su agenda política. Hemos visto en el pasado, como Hamas en Gaza o Hezbollah en Libano, que permitir que organizaciones terroristas tengan influencia en el proceso político puede afectar la paz y estabilidad en un país.”

 

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The FARC’s Narco Trafficking Funds Undermine Colombia Peace Agreement, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2016/08/25

The FARC’s Narco Trafficking Funds Undermine Colombia Peace Agreement, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“We have seen in the past, whether it’s Hamas in Gaza or Hezbollah in Lebanon, that allowing terrorist organizations too much influence in the political process can undermine peace and stability in a country.”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after the announcement that the Colombian government and the FARC have reached a peace agreement. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

 “As a strong supporter of Colombia, I believe peace and security in the country are imperative, but they must not come at any cost. While the details of the deal are yet to be published, the fact that dictator Raul Castro played a role in these negotiations must raise serious concerns given the communist regime’s close ties to the FARC.

 “During the peace negotiations, the Colombian government stopped eradication efforts and the level of narcotics being cultivated and produced in Colombia has increased which threatens to further destabilize U.S. interests in the region and especially poses a threat to our allies in Central America. It is worrisome that the FARC can traffic narcotics to raise millions of dollars for its illicit activities to pursue its own political agenda. We have seen in the past, whether it’s Hamas in Gaza or Hezbollah in Lebanon, that allowing terrorist organizations too much influence in the political process can undermine peace and stability in a country.”

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El Congreso Tiene Que Hacer Mas Para Detener La Propagación De Zika En El Sur De La Florida, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

2016/08/22

El Congreso Tiene Que Hacer Mas Para Detener La Propagación De Zika En El Sur De La Florida, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

(Miami, FL) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hizo la siguiente declaración después del anuncio del desarrollo de una nueva área impactada por el virus Zika en Miami-Dade County y los esfuerzos para combatir la propagación de la enfermedad. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:

“Los reportes de casos de Zika localmente transmitidos han sido confirmados en Miami Beach demostrando la gravedad de la amenaza que enfrentamos y la necesidad urgente de más cooperación entre las agencias federales, estatales, y locales para encontrar una solución. Como el número de casos de Zika ha incrementado en nuestra comunidad, es crucial que el Sur de la Florida cuente con los recursos necesarios para detener y erradicar esta enfermedad. En este momento de urgencia, nuestra comunidad requiere y merece lo mejor para poder combatir la peligrosa amenaza de Zika y no estar en medio de una pelea política.

Yo seguiré abogando por acciones inmediatas y decisivas que empoderan nuestra comunidad a superar esta enfermedad:

·         Escribí una carta al Presidente de la Cámara Ryan y el Líder McConnell urgiéndoles que inmediatamente convoquen de nuevo a la Cámara y al Senado para pasar un proyecto de ley comprensivo e independiente que provea los $1.9 mil millones que el Presidente está pidiendo para combatir este virus.

·         También le he escrito al Presidente Obama pidiéndole que trabaje con líderes del Congreso para rápidamente reprogramar la máxima cantidad de fondos posibles para asegurar una respuesta rápida contra el Zika.

·         Me reuní con el Director del CDC, Tom Frieden, el Gobernador Scott, y el Senador Rubio para hablar de la respuesta federal, estatal, y local para erradicar Zika en el Sur de la Florida.

·         Yo lidere una carta firmada por toda la delegación Congressional de la Florida pidiendo que el CDC asigne más fondos a nuestro estado.

“Yo le seguiré urgiendo a mis colegas del Congreso a reconocer la gravedad de la situación y regresar a Washington inmediatamente para cumplir con nuestra obligación moral y constitucional al pueblo del Sur de la Florida y a nuestra nación. Yo también continuare cooperando con las agencias federales, estatales, y locales, y  especialmente los miembros de nuestra comunidad que han sido impactados, para asegurarnos que el Sur de la Florida esté preparado y listo para enfrentar esta grave amenaza. Yo le hago un llamado a todos que compartan información de una manera eficaz para que todas las agencias tengan la información vigente en el momento.” 

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Letter To POTUS On Combating Algae Bloom

2016/08/22


Congress Must Do More To Halt The Spread Of Zika In South Florida, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2016/08/22

Congress Must Do More To Halt The Spread Of Zika In South Florida, Says Ros-Lehtinen

(Miami, FL) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made the following statement following the announcement of the development of a new Zika-impacted area in Miami-Dade County and efforts to combat the disease's spread.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: 

“The report that locally transmitted Zika cases have been confirmed in Miami Beach highlights the gravity of the threat we face and the urgent need for more cooperation between federal, state and local agencies in order to find a solution.  As the number of Zika cases expand throughout our community, it is imperative that South Florida has the resources necessary to halt and eradicate this disease.  In this time of need, our community requires and deserves better than to get caught in the middle of a political fight; the threat presented by Zika is too great.                                                                                                                                                 

“I will continue to advocate for decisive and immediate actions that will empower our community to overcome this disease:

  • I wrote a letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell urging them to immediately reconvene the House and Senate to pass a comprehensive, stand-alone funding bill that meets the President’s $1.9 billion request.
  • I have also written to President Obama to ask that he work with Congressional leaders to quickly reprogram as much additional funding as possible to the domestic Zika response.
  • I met with CDC Director, Tom Frieden, Governor Scott, and Senator Rubio to discuss federal, state, and local responses to eradicate Zika in South Florida. 
  • I led a letter signed by every member of the Florida Congressional delegation asking the CDC to allocate more funds to our state.

  

“I will continue urging my Congressional colleagues to recognize the gravity of the situation and return to Washington immediately to fulfill our moral and constitutional obligation to the people of South Florida and our nation.  I will also continue to cooperate with all federal, state, and local stakeholders, especially our impacted community members, to ensure that South Florida is prepared and ready to face this grave threat.  I call on all partners to share information in a timely manner so that all agencies have up to speed information on new Zika cases.” 

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Ros-Lehtinen Video Message Honoring Event Paying Tribute To Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

2016-08-11 20:26:58


La Casa Blanca y El Congreso Deben Poner La Política A Un Lado Y Encontrar Una Solución Para El Zika

2016-08-05 20:01:43


Nuestra Comunidad Está Unida Para Combatir Y Eliminar El Zika

2016-08-05 19:44:04


Ros-Lehtinen en Telemundo: Zika No Es Un Tema Partidista. Todos Deben Trabajar Para Ayudar SoFla

2016-08-04 14:01:31


Ros-Lehtinen a Univision:Necesitamos Que Admin Obama, Congreso,CDC Proveen Fondos Para Combatir Zika

2016-08-04 13:57:14


Ros-Lehtinen On Local10: CDC + Congress Should Provide Necessary Funds For South Florid'a Zika Needs

2016-08-04 13:52:26


On CBS: We Must Work With The CDC To Ensure That South Florida Has The Resources To Combat Zika

2016-08-03 16:27:33


Ros-Lehtinen Honored Nature Links For Their Efforts To Help Those With Developmental Disabilities

2016-07-13 19:19:33


I Will Continue Backing Important Research To Help Those Impacted By Alzheimers, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2016-07-13 18:37:51


On The House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Celebrates Vizcaya's 100th Anniversary

2016-07-13 18:31:27


Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates University Of Miami Doctors For Their Cutting Edge Cancer Research

2016-07-13 18:26:15


Ros-Lehtinen commemorates the 22nd anniversary of the attack against the AMIA Jewish center

2016-07-12 15:15:51


Ros-Lehtinen Celebrates The Life Of Jack Rubin, A Tireless Fighter For Holocaust Survivors

2016-07-12 15:09:58


Ros-Lehtinen on WSVN: We Should Do All We Can To Make Port Miami Competitive

2016-07-11 13:42:26


Ros-Lehtinen Recognizes Mitch Herrick On A Distinguished Career As An Air Traffic Controller

2016-07-07 16:23:48


Ros-Lehtinen: My CORAL Act will restore reefs and reduce ocean acidification in South Florida

2016-07-06 14:57:24


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Denounces Maduro Regime Policies That Cause Shortages

2016-06-22 14:37:43


China’s Organ Harvesting Practices and Persecution Of Falun Gong Practitioners Must Stop

2016-06-13 22:51:16


Ros-Lehtinen: The US-Caribbean Relationship Can Benefit Greatly From Increased Engagement

2016-06-13 22:06:47


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Speaks On South Florida Treasure Deering Estate's 100th Anniversary

2016-06-09 15:31:31


Contact Information

2206 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3931
Fax 202-225-5620
ros-lehtinen.house.gov

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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