Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

06.23.16 - Ros-Lehtinen, Vargas GAO Request Letter - Iran FMS Trust Fund

2016/06/29


Ros-Lehtinen Welcomes Taiwan’s President Tsai to Miami

2016/06/25

Ros-Lehtinen Welcomes Taiwan’s President Tsai to Miami

“As we confront the many common challenges before us, including an increasingly aggressive China, I look forward to continuing to work with President Tsai to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwan partnership based on the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, and allow our two nations to become even better friends and allies moving forward”

(Miami, FL) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement today after meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in Miami. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I was honored to meet with President Tsai to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relationship and it was a pleasure to welcome her to South Florida. Taiwan is a beacon of freedom, a key strategic ally in the Pacific, and the United States must make sure that Taiwan has what it needs to flourish economically and militarily. As we confront the many common challenges before us, including an increasingly aggressive China, I look forward to continuing to work closely with President Tsai to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwan partnership based on the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, and allow our two nations to become even better friends and allies."

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American Medical Association Endorsement of Truth In Advertising Act

2016/06/24


On the Eve of the Upcoming OAS Meeting, Ros-Lehtinen on the House Floor Denounces Maduro Regime As The Direct Cause of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People

2016/06/23

On the Eve of the Upcoming OAS Meeting, Ros-Lehtinen on the House Floor Denounces Maduro Regime As The Direct Cause of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People

"With its repression, its corruption, its disastrous economic policies, the Maduro regime is running Venezuela into the ground and it is no wonder that Venezuelans feel like they are under siege."

(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 on the House floor regarding the need for a referendum this year in Venezuela and how the Maduro regime is the direct cause of the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Mr. Speaker, the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating very quickly. In Venezuela, the people are running out of medicine; running out of food; experiencing electricity shortages. The regime cannot even provide basic goods for the people.

Time is ticking, Mr. Speaker. It’s not a matter of if – it’s a matter of when Venezuela implodes due to the destructive policies of Nicolas Maduro, and the United States cannot sit idly by and watch this train wreck occur before our very eyes. Responsible countries in Latin America must also stand up and be a voice for those suffering in Venezuela.  

Last week, 15 countries from the region signed a joint statement that expressed respect for the Venezuelan constitution and called on responsible nations to guarantee due process and human rights. This is a good first step, Mr. Speaker, and I applaud those countries but more needs to be done.  Tomorrow, the Organization of American States, the OAS, will have a meeting to discuss this crisis and I know that there are some who are advocating for dialogue.

But we have tried dialogue before and it was unsuccessful as Maduro kept coming up with new delays and obstacles in order to prevent a solution. We cannot allow Maduro to continue the charade of a dialogue as a stalling tactic. A referendum, Mr. Speaker, must occur this year. The people demand it. Because if it doesn’t, then next year Maduro can step aside, hand over power to his vice-president, and the same abusive regime continues while not addressing any of the underlying problems.

And if a dialogue does occur, all sectors of the Venezuelan opposition must be at the table. That is only fair.  But it cannot happen if some of them are in jail and a precondition to any dialogue must include the release of all political prisoners. The regime could show a good faith effort by doing this but instead, it continues to go the other direction, it continues to go backwards, postponing the appeal of political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez’ indefinitely after it was scheduled to occur just two days ago.

With its repression, its corruption, its disastrous economic policies, the Maduro regime is running Venezuela into the ground and it is no wonder that Venezuelans feel like they are under siege. Riots are occurring on a daily basis and according to one recent study, 87 percent of Venezuelans say they don’t have enough money to buy enough food. This travesty is simply unsustainable and the regime must be held accountable to the people.

Tomorrow at the OAS, I hope to see the Hemisphere finally stand up for itself, stop allowing itself to be mollified by the regime’s lies and stall tactics, and hold Maduro’s feet to the fire. Humanitarian aid must be allowed to get through to the people and the referendum must be held this year. Let the Venezuelan people have their say and finally put an end to this suffering.

In September of last year, Mr. Speaker, I joined 19 of my colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew, urging the administration to enforce a bill that I passed with Senator Marco Rubio, The Venezuelan Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act. And to apply sanctions to regime officials in the Venezuelan court system in response to the unjust sentencing of Venezuelan activist Leopoldo Lopez’.

So I ask Obama administration officials, what justification do you have for not carrying out and implementing these sanctions for this miscarriage of justice? And what is the dollar amount of the assets seized of the seven individuals whom you have sanctioned?

The State Department has pulled some visas due to human rights violations, but I ask the State Department can you tell us how many visas the State Department has pulled and who are these individuals?

Last week at the OAS meeting in the Dominican Republic, Secretary Kerry stated that Venezuela should follow its own constitution and hold free and fair and timely recall referendum. Does he believe or expect that it will happen this year?

And lastly Mr. Speaker, Maduro has stated that he is ready to exchange ambassadors. I think this would be a big mistake because it would look as if we are legitimizing this illegitimate Maduro regime. I hope that the State Department will not nominate someone this year to be Ambassador of Venezuela and I hope that we in the U.S. do more to help the long suffering people of Venezuela.

Thank you for the time Mr. Speaker.” 

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On the Eve of the Upcoming OAS Meeting, Ros-Lehtinen on the House Floor Denounces Maduro Regime As The Direct Cause of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People

2016/06/22

On the Eve of the Upcoming OAS Meeting, Ros-Lehtinen on the House Floor Denounces Maduro Regime As The Direct Cause of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People

"With its repression, its corruption, its disastrous economic policies, the Maduro regime is running Venezuela into the ground and it is no wonder that Venezuelans feel like they are under siege."

(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 on the House floor regarding the need for a referendum this year in Venezuela and how the Maduro regime is the direct cause of the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Mr. Speaker, the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating very quickly. In Venezuela, the people are running out of medicine; running out of food; experiencing electricity shortages. The regime cannot even provide basic goods for the people.

Time is ticking, Mr. Speaker. It’s not a matter of if – it’s a matter of when Venezuela implodes due to the destructive policies of Nicolas Maduro, and the United States cannot sit idly by and watch this train wreck occur before our very eyes. Responsible countries in Latin America must also stand up and be a voice for those suffering in Venezuela.  

Last week, 15 countries from the region signed a joint statement that expressed respect for the Venezuelan constitution and called on responsible nations to guarantee due process and human rights. This is a good first step, Mr. Speaker, and I applaud those countries but more needs to be done.  Tomorrow, the Organization of American States, the OAS, will have a meeting to discuss this crisis and I know that there are some who are advocating for dialogue.

But we have tried dialogue before and it was unsuccessful as Maduro kept coming up with new delays and obstacles in order to prevent a solution. We cannot allow Maduro to continue the charade of a dialogue as a stalling tactic. A referendum, Mr. Speaker, must occur this year. The people demand it. Because if it doesn’t, then next year Maduro can step aside, hand over power to his vice-president, and the same abusive regime continues while not addressing any of the underlying problems.

And if a dialogue does occur, all sectors of the Venezuelan opposition must be at the table. That is only fair.  But it cannot happen if some of them are in jail and a precondition to any dialogue must include the release of all political prisoners. The regime could show a good faith effort by doing this but instead, it continues to go the other direction, it continues to go backwards, postponing the appeal of political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez’ indefinitely after it was scheduled to occur just two days ago.

With its repression, its corruption, its disastrous economic policies, the Maduro regime is running Venezuela into the ground and it is no wonder that Venezuelans feel like they are under siege. Riots are occurring on a daily basis and according to one recent study, 87 percent of Venezuelans say they don’t have enough money to buy enough food. This travesty is simply unsustainable and the regime must be held accountable to the people.

Tomorrow at the OAS, I hope to see the Hemisphere finally stand up for itself, stop allowing itself to be mollified by the regime’s lies and stall tactics, and hold Maduro’s feet to the fire. Humanitarian aid must be allowed to get through to the people and the referendum must be held this year. Let the Venezuelan people have their say and finally put an end to this suffering.

In September of last year, Mr. Speaker, I joined 19 of my colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew, urging the administration to enforce a bill that I passed with Senator Marco Rubio, The Venezuelan Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act. And to apply sanctions to regime officials in the Venezuelan court system in response to the unjust sentencing of Venezuelan activist Leopoldo Lopez’.

So I ask Obama administration officials, what justification do you have for not carrying out and implementing these sanctions for this miscarriage of justice? And what is the dollar amount of the assets seized of the seven individuals whom you have sanctioned?

The State Department has pulled some visas due to human rights violations, but I ask the State Department can you tell us how many visas the State Department has pulled and who are these individuals?

Last week at the OAS meeting in the Dominican Republic, Secretary Kerry stated that Venezuela should follow its own constitution and hold free and fair and timely recall referendum. Does he believe or expect that it will happen this year?

And lastly Mr. Speaker, Maduro has stated that he is ready to exchange ambassadors. I think this would be a big mistake because it would look as if we are legitimizing this illegitimate Maduro regime. I hope that the State Department will not nominate someone this year to be Ambassador of Venezuela and I hope that we in the U.S. do more to help the long suffering people of Venezuela.

Thank you for the time Mr. Speaker.”

 

 

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Fighting to Help South Florida’s Veterans and Prevent Fraud, Ros-Lehtinen Supports Several Crucial Bills

2016/06/21

Fighting to Help South Florida’s Veterans and Prevent Fraud, Ros-Lehtinen Supports Several Crucial Bills

“I’m honored to stand up for our veterans and help ensure they have every opportunity to receive the benefits they sacrificed so much for.”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) announced her support of the following bills which would assist South Florida’s veterans and help prevent fraud. The bills are:

·         The VET Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to institute a pilot program enabling veterans to complete claims for pension and disability compensation; and the

·         Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act, which helps improve federal agencies’ response to and prevention of fraud through data analytics.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I’m honored to stand up for our veterans and help ensure they have every opportunity to receive the benefits they sacrificed so much for. We must also remain vigilant and work to curb fraud at every level of our federal government by deploying the newest technologies to save taxpayers’ hard-earned money.”

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Working To Protect Our National Security And Our Veterans, Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Graham Visit Homestead Air Reserve Base And The Homestead VA Outpatient Clinic

2016/06/21

Working To Protect Our National Security And Our Veterans, Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Graham Visit Homestead Air Reserve Base And The Homestead VA Outpatient Clinic

“I look forward to continuing to lead the bipartisan effort to bring the first reserve-led F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to South Florida and ensure that HARB remains an asset to our community and a key player in the defense of our national security both at home and abroad.” 

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), along with Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Gwen Graham (D-FL) visited Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) to discuss its importance to our national security and South Florida’s economy, as well as efforts to bring fighter jets to HARB.  The bipartisan Congressional delegation then received a briefing on HARB’s operations and toured the facilities.  Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Graham also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new physical medicine and rehabilitation space at the Homestead VA Outpatient Clinic.  Alongside remodeling and expansion of the facilities, the Homestead VA clinic has added physical rehabilitation and optometry services, and has increased the mental health services it already provides.          

Ros-Lehtinen has a long history of advocating for our servicemembers and veterans. Her husband, Dexter, is a combat veteran who volunteered for service and sustained serious injuries while serving our country in Vietnam.  Her step-son, Doug, and daughter-in-law, Lindsay, served our nation as Marine officers in Iraq and Lindsay also served in Afghanistan.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“It was a privilege to have the opportunity to tour the facilities at Homestead Air Reserve Base with my colleagues and friends, Mario and Gwen. Protecting our national security is an issue that goes beyond party lines and I am pleased to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to guarantee the safety of our community and our country.  As our nation faces renewed threats to our security, Homestead Air Reserve Base has become more important to our community and our nation than ever.  Due to its strategic location, HARB plays an essential role in protecting the homeland and addressing critical challenges to our security anywhere around the globe.  HARB also serves as a major contributor to the economic growth of South Florida, generating thousands of jobs and pouring over $300 million into our local economy.  I look forward to continuing to lead the bipartisan effort to bring the first reserve-led F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to South Florida and ensure that HARB remains an asset to our community and a key player in the defense of our national security both at home and abroad.”

“It was also an honor to be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion of the Homestead VA Outpatient Clinic.  For years, this outpatient clinic has provided essential and life-saving treatment to veterans in our community and I am excited about the new additions that will benefit those who have bravely served.  I am pleased to see the improvements and I am excited about their potential for improving the quality of care that veterans in South Florida receive.”

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Ros-Lehtinen Commemorates World Refugee Day

2016/06/20

Ros-Lehtinen Commemorates World Refugee Day

“The community I am humbled to represent has thrived, in part, thanks to the contributions of refugees from around the world who have found a safe haven in our great country.

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) commemorated World Refugee Day and the work of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“This World Refugee Day, I am reminded of the opportunities our great nation has afforded me since I arrived in the United States at a young age. Fleeing Castro’s communist regime, my family and I found the freedom we yearned for in our native homeland.  The community I am humbled to represent has thrived, in part, thanks to the contributions of refugees from around the world who have found a safe haven in our great country.

“I would also like to commemorate the work done by USCIS to help those who are forced from their native lands due to persecution who arrive to the U.S. legally. I thank USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, who understands this issue firsthand, for leading the charge so that our country continues to live up to its highest ideals in assisting and guiding this vulnerable population.”

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Working to Conserve South Florida’s Coral Reefs for All, Ros-Lehtinen Announces Bill, Participates in UM Forum

2016/06/20

Working to Conserve South Florida’s Coral Reefs for All, Ros-Lehtinen Announces Bill, Participates in UM Forum

“We need to protect South Florida's coral reefs and coastal waters from the impacts of ocean acidification to ensure that our community can enjoy the economic and environmental benefits for generations to come.”

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) ‎delivered closing remarks at a UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Ocean Conservancy event focused on ocean acidification in Florida and its potential impact on our coastal environment and local economy. Ros-Lehtinen addressed attendees regarding her advocacy and work in Congress on behalf of efforts to study ocean acidification, and also announced the upcoming introduction of her Conserving Our Reefs And Livelihoods (CORAL) Act, aimed at increasing research and improving coral reef monitoring, management, and restoration. Ros-Lehtinen was joined by local leaders including State Rep. Holly Raschien and Everglades Superintendent Pedro Ramos, among dozens of other community members and scientific researchers. Ros-Lehtinen, who represents a coastal district, is attuned to the needs of all South Floridians' – from beachgoers to fishermen – interest in and dependence on our oceans.

Additionally, Ros-Lehtinen scored a victory this week for science-based, consensus driven management of the coral reefs in Biscayne National Park. Along with Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ros-Lehtinen secured report language in the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill which “express[es]concern over the establishment of a marine reserve zone or other marine protected area in State waters of Biscayne National Park without rigorous scientific evidence, an adaptive management approach, and clear, science-based goals underlying its design and implementation.” The language further directs Biscayne National Park to collect appropriate baseline data for five years before implementing ‎a fishing closure in the marine reserve zone. Such data is essential to understanding the success or failure of chosen management options. Ros-Lehtinen has long advocated balanced, consensus-based, and scientifically-supported approach under the General and Fishery Management Plans of our local National Parks that balance effective environmental protection and access for all South Floridians' to their public resources and natural heritage.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I’m honored to have participated in this important event to raise awareness about ocean acidification in South Florida. We need to protect South Florida's coral reefs and coastal waters from the impacts of ocean acidification to ensure that our community can enjoy the economic and environmental benefits for generations to come. To that end, I will soon introduce the Conserving Our Reefs And Livelihoods (CORAL) Act. Our coral reefs are a hugely significant part of life in South Florida and I am committed to help efforts to conserve and restore these environmental treasures.”

Statement by Sarah Cooley, director of Ocean Conservancy's Ocean Acidification program:

"Ocean Conservancy applauds Rep. Ros-Lehtinen who is taking action to tackle ocean acidification in Florida," said Sarah Cooley, director of Ocean Conservancy's Ocean Acidification program. "This is a threat that could greatly impact not only our ocean but also coastal communities, small businesses and economies far from the shore. We cannot afford to ignore ocean acidification if we want one of America's greatest natural resources to stay strong and productive." 

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Honrada Con Premio de la Comunidad Nicaragüense, Ros-Lehtinen Aboga Por Reformas Electorales, Democracia, y Libertad en Nicaragua

2016/06/20

Honrada Con Premio de la Comunidad Nicaragüense, Ros-Lehtinen Aboga Por Reformas Electorales, Democracia, y Libertad en Nicaragua

Miami, Florida – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) recibió un premio por su liderazgo a favor de los derechos humanos en Nicaragua, de parte de la Comisión Permanente De Derechos Humanos, una organización de la comunidad nicaragüense. Ros-Lehtinen tiene un largo historial combatiendo los abusos del régimen de Ortega y ha trabajado arduamente para promover reformas íntegras. También Eddy Acevedo, el asistente de mayor rango de Ros-Lehtinen sobre asuntos internacionales, recibió un premio por su liderazgo y trabajo arduo a favor de la democracia en Nicaragua.

Discurso de Ros-Lehtinen:

Quiero agradecerles a todos por estar aquí esta tarde y por otorgarme este gran honor.  Estoy especialmente agradecida a Marcos Carmona y a Roger Castaño de la Comisión Permanente De Derechos Humanos.  Y al Dr. Alvaro Leiva Sánchez de la Asociación Nicaragüense Pro Derechos Humanos.  Ellos al igual que sus organizaciones han sido valientes al denunciar y condenar las muchas violaciones a los derechos humanos bajo el régimen de Daniel Ortega. Y admiro su arduo trabajo y dedicación al pueblo de Nicaragua bajo esta dura situación que enfrenta. 

También quiero reconocer y darle gracias a Carlos Ponce por estar aquí.  Carlos ha visto de cerca lo que muchos Nicaragüenses viven diariamente.  Al inicio de este año, el régimen de Ortega detuvo y expulsó a Carlos de Nicaragua.  Este acto no sólo fue un ataque a Carlos.  Sino también un ataque contra los Estados Unidos porque su organización, Freedom House, está localizada en Washington.

Cuando examinamos la situación en Nicaragua, no podemos olvidarnos de la historia.  Muchos de ustedes en este salón están aquí, en Miami, porque huyeron en los años ochenta de su patria nativa.  Yo también tuve que partir de mi patria nativa, Cuba, junto a mis padres cuando era solamente una niña.  Las comunidades Cubano-Americana y Nicaragüense-Americana comparten una historia similar que nos une.  Compartimos los mismos principios y valores.  Nosotros apoyamos la libertad, la democracia, y el respeto a los derechos humanos y estos conceptos forman la base fundamental de nuestra sociedad.

Desafortunadamente, Nicaragua ha dado pasos en la dirección equivocada por las políticas opresivas de Ortega.  Estoy muy preocupada con el aumento de violencia y las repetidas faltas en contra de los derechos humanos.  La policía golpea a manifestantes que pacíficamente buscan reformas electorales;  Dueños de negocios privados son arrastrados por las calles; Activistas de derechos humanos son atacados violentamente.  Hasta nuestro propio Departamento de Estado ha documentado algunos de estos abusos.

Según el Reporte del País sobre las Prácticas de Derechos Humanos para 2015, en Nicaragua:

  • Los principales abusos de derechos humanos fueron restricciones al derecho a votar que es un derecho básico;
  • Obstáculos a la libertad de prensa y expresión, incluyendo intimidación y acoso a reporteros y a la prensa independiente; así como
  • Mayor intimidación por parte del gobierno, intimidación de organizaciones fuera del gobierno y organizaciones de la sociedad civil. 

Estos abusos no pueden ser negados y no podemos solamente llamar atención a las atrocidades siendo cometidas en Nicaragua. Necesitamos apoyar a este sufrido país. Como muchos de ustedes ya saben, Ortega ha anunciado que no va a permitir observadores electorales en Nicaragua.  Y hasta expulsó a oficiales de los Estados Unidos hace pocos días. Pero de verdad estamos sorprendidos por esta acciones?

Es el mismo tirano que tiene un record de manipular las elecciones con fraude en el 2008 y 2011.  No podemos dejar que Ortega continúe abusando y alterando la Constitución de Nicaragua a su favor, ni que continúe violando los derechos humanos sin consecuencias.   La posición de los Estados Unidos hacia Nicaragua debe ser:

  • Tener elecciones libres, justas y transparentes bajo observadores internacionales para las elecciones presidenciales en 2016 y también las elecciones municipales el año que viene;
  • Reformar el Consejo Supremo Electoral;
  • Asegurar un sistema judicial independiente;
  • Respetar el derecho a la libertad de expresión; y
  • Apoyar organizaciones pro-democracia operando en Nicaragua.

Si no pueden convencer a Ortega a tomar estas acciones – que no lo van hacer -  entonces Estados Unidos debe usar su influencia para actuar.  Ortega tiene que entender que hay consecuencias para sus abusos y su indiferencia para el bienestar del pueblo de Nicaragua.  Y debemos de presionarlo.

Por eso – yo voy a presentar un proyecto de ley la próxima semana  cuando regrese a Washington.  Que asegure que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos vote en contra de cualquier préstamo del gobierno de Nicaragua en las instituciones internacionales financieras  como el Banco Mundial y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo a no ser que Ortega haya hecho progreso – quien piensa eso - hacia la implementación de reformas electorales importantes.  No se le puede permitir a Ortega que continúe operando de esta manera;  y seguramente no debe ser legitimizado o premiado; Es tiempo que los Estados Unidos demuestre liderazgo y éste es un buen lugar para empezar.  Tenemos que mandar un mensaje claro y un mensaje fuerte a Ortega y a otros líderes que ignoran el deseo del pueblo y violan los derechos humanos.  Y es necesario hacerlo inmediatamente. Yo espero trabajar con todos ustedes y la comunidad nicaragüense en nuestra nación y continuar impulsando reformas y libertad en su natal Nicaragua.

Muchisimas gracias.

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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


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Pays Tribute To Ambassador Valladares' Work To Advance Human Rights

2016-06-09 15:24:37


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Lauren Morris Schulman On Her Retirement From AIPAC

2016-06-07 23:41:11


Ros-Lehtinen and Deutch: Germany Must Meet Its Moral Commitment To Holocaust Survivors

2016-06-07 21:09:01


Ros-Lehtinen On The House Floor: Germany Must Meet The Needs Of Holocaust Survivors

2016-06-07 20:54:00


On The House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Praises La Liga Contra El Cancer For Their Work In South Florida

2016-05-26 16:48:47


Ros-Lehtinen on CNN: We need to encourage family acceptance of LGBT individuals

2016-05-25 21:19:01


Ros-Lehtinen Recognizes The Work Of The Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center

2016-05-25 16:28:20


On The House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Says That Maduro Is Responsible For The Crisis In Venezuela

2016-05-24 16:39:00


Ros-Lehtinen On House Floor:Concessions To Castros Hasn't Stopped Them From Arresting Berta Soler

2016-05-24 16:31:51


Ros-Lehtinen Urge A Miembros De Nuestra Comunidad A Que Amen A Sus Hijos Sin Importar Su Orientación

2016-05-22 16:27:09


En Al Punto, Ros-Lehtinen Habla Sobre La Necesidad De Aceptar A Nuestro Hijos

2016-05-22 14:49:21


En CNN, Ros-Lehtinen y su hijo Rigo, hablan sobre el amor incondicional a la familia

2016-05-19 23:57:03


On MSNBC: Our Love For Rodrigo Transcended The Many Questions We Had About His Transition

2016-05-18 14:53:34


Ros-Lehtinen: Proud To Honor Joshua's Heart Foundation For Their Service To Those In Need

2016-05-17 18:43:50


On The House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Celebrates Air Traffic Controllers At MIA

2016-05-17 18:29:19


Ros-Lehtinen Celebrates Lourdes Sovedia's 40 Years As A Teacher In South Florida

2016-05-17 17:52:45


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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Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Ted Yoho

FLORIDA's 3rd DISTRICT

Ander Crenshaw

FLORIDA's 4th DISTRICT

Ron DeSantis

FLORIDA's 6th DISTRICT

John Mica

FLORIDA's 7th DISTRICT

Bill Posey

FLORIDA's 8th DISTRICT

Daniel Webster

FLORIDA's 10th DISTRICT

Rich Nugent

FLORIDA's 11th DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

FLORIDA's 12th DISTRICT

David Jolly

FLORIDA's 13th DISTRICT

Dennis Ross

FLORIDA's 15th DISTRICT

Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

Tom Rooney

FLORIDA's 17th DISTRICT

Curt Clawson

FLORIDA's 19th DISTRICT

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Carlos Curbelo

FLORIDA's 26th DISTRICT

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