Ros-Lehtinen Announces Participation in AIPAC 2017 Policy Conference
(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 in advance of her participation in AIPAC’s 2017 Policy Conference.
“I’m honored to participate in this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference, the premier forum for advancing the US-Israel alliance. As a major strategic partner of our great nation, it is essential and necessary that we strengthen our relationship with Israel and the Policy Conference is an incredible opportunity to drive the conversation forward. I’m looking forward to some great discussions and continuing to develop policies that enhance the mutual security and prosperity of the United States and the democratic Jewish State of Israel.”
NOTE: Ros-Lehtinen will participate in the following events at the Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis:
Sunday, March 26, 2017
What to Expect from Iran in 2017 (with Congressman Ted Deutch)
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
What to Expect from Iran in 2017 (with Congressman Ted Deutch)
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Women and Politics Panel
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Hispanic American Leaders Panel (with California’s Secretary of State)
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Synagogue Initiative Lunch for Pulpit Rabbis and Cantors (with Congressman Ted Deutch)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Celebration of Women in Leadership Reception
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Ros-Lehtinen Hails Arrest of Suspect In JCC Bomb Threats
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), made the following statement regarding the arrest in Israel of the individual suspected of perpetrating many of the threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCC). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I am relieved to learn that the person allegedly responsible for many of the threats against Jewish Community Centers has been arrested. Although we do not have all the details and do not know the suspect’s motives yet, it seems apparent that this unwell individual acted on his own.
On March 2nd, I joined with my fellow co-chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism in sending a letter to the President urging his administration to take immediate action against recent anti-Semitic threats and attacks in our country. I commend the swift action and capable work of the Justice Department as well as its close cooperation with the Israeli government and law enforcement agencies to apprehend the alleged perpetrator.”
NOTE: To read the text of the letter Ros-Lehtinen sent to the President along with U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Kay Granger (TX-12), Steve Israel (NY-03), Peter Roskam (IL-06), and Ted Deutch (FL-21), please click here.Read More
Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Her Intention to Vote NO on the AHCA
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) made the following statement regarding her intention to vote NO on the AHCA. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“After studying the impact of this legislation on my constituents, I will vote no on this bill because it does not provide adequate solutions for the working poor, disabled, and elderly in South Florida. Too many of my constituents will be left paying more for coverage and many will be left without coverage at all. The cuts and changes to Medicaid will make it more difficult to effectively care for uninsured patients as well as individuals with high costs of coverage due to special needs or chronic diseases. Additionally, costs for seniors will increase significantly as insurance companies will charge older Americans exorbitantly high premiums and fees which many cannot afford.”
En Anticipación al 25º Aniversario del Ataque Terrorista a la Embajada de Israel en Buenos Aires, Ros-Lehtinen Presentó Resolución en Apoyo a la Investigación Argentina para Llevar a los Perpetradores Responsables de los Ataques a la Embajada de Israel y AMIA a la Justicia
(Washington, DC) - La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, presentó H.R. 201 - Expresando apoyo al gobierno argentino en su investigación del atentado terrorista contra la Embajada de Israel en Buenos Aires el 17 de marzo de 1992. A la Congresista Ros-Lehtinen se le unieron los Congresistas Ed Royce (R-CA), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores de la Cámara, Eliot Engel (D-NY), Vice-presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores de la Cámara, Ted Deutch (D-FL), Vice-presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, y Albio Sires (D-NJ), Vice-presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental. Declaración por Ros-Lehtinen:
“El 25º Aniversario del ataque terrorista contra la embajada de Israel en Buenos Aires, Argentina nos recuerda de este bárbaro y cobarde ataque suicida que destruyó la embajada, una iglesia Católica y un colegio cercano, dejando a 29 personas muertas - incluyendo a diplomáticos de Israel, un sacerdote Católico, y hombres, mujeres, y niños argentinos. Dos años después, en 1994, el centro Judío AMIA fue atacado.
Como resultado, y en gran parte gracias al trabajo investigativo del Fiscal Especial Alberto Nisman, se ha probado que el grupo terrorista respaldado por Irán, Hezbollah, estuvo detrás de estos actos terroristas, pero aún ninguno de los perpetradores ha sido condenado por sus acciones. Conmemoramos el 25º aniversario del ataque a la embajada recordando a las víctimas, reafirmando nuestro apoyo para los esfuerzos del Presidente Macri para llevar a los responsables a la justicia, y ofrecemos asistir en cualquier manera posible. Le agradezco a Ed, Eliot, Ted, Jeff y Albio por unirse en la presentación de esta resolución y espero continuar con nuestros esfuerzos en el Congreso en la búsqueda de la justicia.”
NOTA: Además de expresar apoyo al gobierno Argentino en su investigación del ataque terrorista contra la embajada de Israel en Buenos Aires el 17 de marzo 17, 1992, H.R. 201 elogia al Presidente Macri por nombrar a un Fiscal Especial para examinar el ataque terrorista contra AMIA el 18 de julio, 1994 que dejó más de 80 muertos. Esta resolución le pide al gobierno estadounidense que ayude al gobierno Argentino de cualquier manera para asegurar que los individuos responsables sean llevados a la justicia y también pide que las naciones responsables trabajen juntas para combatir y destruir el terrorismo internacional y sus patrocinadores estatales, como Irán.Read More
Ahead of 25th Anniversary of Terror Attack on Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Ros-Lehtinen Introduces Resolution in Support of Argentinian Investigation to Bring Israeli Embassy and AMIA Perpetrators to Justice
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, today introduced H.Res. 201 – Expressing support to the Government of Argentina for its investigation into the terrorist bombing of the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires on March 17, 1992. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was joined in introducing the resolution by Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The 25th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina reminds us of this barbaric and cowardly suicide attack that destroyed the embassy, a Catholic church and a nearby school, leaving 29 people dead – including Israeli diplomats, a Catholic priest, and Argentinian men, women and children. Two years later, in 1994, the AMIA Jewish Community Center was attacked.
In the aftermath, and largely thanks to the investigative work of Argentina’s Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, it has been proven that the Iranian-backed terror group, Hezbollah, was behind these acts of terror, yet none of the perpetrators have been held accountable. We commemorate the 25th anniversary of the embassy bombing by remembering the victims, reaffirming our support for President Macri’s efforts to bring those responsible to justice and offer to assist in whatever way necessary. I thank Ed, Eliot, Ted, Jeff and Albio for joining me in introducing this resolution and I look forward to continuing our efforts in Congress in the pursuit of justice.”
NOTE: In addition to expressing support to the Government of Argentina for its investigation into the terrorist bombing of the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires on March 17, 1992, H.Res. 201 commends President Macri for appointing a Special Investigator to examine the July 18, 1994 AMIA terrorist attack that left over 80 people dead. The resolution urges the U.S. government to assist Argentina in any way possible to ensure the individuals responsible are brought to justice and also calls upon responsible nations to work together to combat and defeat international terrorism and its state sponsors, like Iran.Read More
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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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