Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


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Ros-Lehtinen Wants Assurances That Miami Airport Will Be Ebola-Free


Ros-Lehtinen Wants Assurances That Miami Airport Will Be Ebola-Free

"Our community must be ready for any eventuality and that includes the possible spread of the Ebola virus from a Latin American country."

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to Miami International Airport (MIA) Director Emilio Gonzalez asking about the preparations MIA is making for any possible spread of Ebola affecting the airport. Although travelers from West African countries do not enter the country through MIA, the possible spread of Ebola throughout Latin America by returning Cuban health professionals is a risk South Florida should be prepared to confront. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Our community must be ready for any eventuality and that includes the possible spread of the Ebola virus from a Latin American country. The Castro regime’s decision to send Cuban doctors in a thinly disguised propaganda attempt may put the region and South Florida at risk. MIA should have up to date equipment and plans to ensure that any Ebola outbreak is contained and managed in a professional manner to protect our community.”


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Ros-Lehtinen Pens Letter To President Obama Opposing Any Executive Unilateral Action on Iran Sanctions And Urges A Final Nuclear Agreement Which Sees Iran Ending All Enrichment Capabilities, Dismantling Infrastructure


Ros-Lehtinen Pens Letter To President Obama Opposing Any Executive Unilateral Action on Iran Sanctions And Urges A Final Nuclear Agreement Which Sees Iran Ending All Enrichment Capabilities, Dismantling Infrastructure

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, sent a letter to President Obama raising concerns about possible unilateral action that the Administration may take to ease sanctions on Iran and stating that the only acceptable nuclear deal with Iran would have to guarantee Iran has no capability to enrich uranium. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Contrary to what the Administration continues to say, the point of the Iran sanctions was not just to bring the regime to the negotiating table. As the author of several Iran sanctions bills, including the toughest set of sanctions codified into law, I know that the objective of the sanctions program was to force Iran to completely abandon its nuclear ambitions, cease its uranium enrichment and dismantle the totality of its nuclear infrastructure. I also believe it’s a mistake for the Administration to operate under the assumption that any nation or entity will be able to monitor and verify Iran’s compliance. The IAEA, which will oversee Iran’s compliance, and our own Department of Defense have both admitted concerns about being unable to detect violations of the nuclear agreement and verifying if Iran’s program is indeed peaceful. They also believe that we have no way of detecting if Iran is operating any other covert nuclear sites it has not already declared.

“Congress cannot and will not sit idly by if the Administration intends on taking unilateral action to provide sanctions relief to Iran for a nuclear deal we perceive to be weak and dangerous for our national security, the security of the region, and poses a threat to the U.S. and our ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel. I’m sure that Congress stands ready to work with the Administration to find an acceptable deal first, and then work together on the sanctions issue. If the Administration opts to act in a manner that directly contradicts Congress’ intent, then Congress must take all necessary measures to either reverse the executive, unilateral action, or to strengthen and enhance current sanctions law.”


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Foreign Affairs


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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