Ros-Lehtinen Honored To Be Re-Appointed To Foreign Affairs, Intelligence Committees
Washington, DC -- U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL – 27) made the following statement after it was announced that she would be retaining her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I’m honored to continue to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As the Gateway to the Americas, South Florida plays an important and crucial role when it comes to foreign affairs because our economic future is directly impacted by it. These committee assignments will make sure our community is heard in the halls of Congress on the issues that impact and matter to us. I’ll continue working diligently to ensure South Florida’s priorities are Congress’ priorities.”Read More
Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen sobre la Concesión de Obama al Régimen de Castro: la Eliminación de la Política de Pies Secos, Pies Mojados y el Programa Para Profesionales Médicos Cubanos
Washington, DC - La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hizo la siguiente declaración sobre la eliminación de la administración de Obama de la política de pies secos, pies mojados y el Programa de Libertad Condicional para los Médicos Profesionales Cubanos.
“Castro utiliza a refugiados como peones para obtener más concesiones de Washington razón por la cual no debería terminar con el programa médico cubano, ya que es una concesión al régimen que envía a sus médicos a naciones extranjeras en forma de esclavitud moderna. La revocación del Programa Para Profesionales Médicos Cubanos se hizo porque eso es lo que quería la dictadura cubana y la Casa Blanca cedió a lo que Castro quiere, en lugar de defender los valores democráticos de los Estados Unidos, regresar fugitivos de la justicia de Estados Unidos como Joanne Chesimard o buscar la recompensación para los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos por sus propiedades confiscadas. En otro mal negocio de la administración de Obama, ha cambiado la política de pies secos pies mojados por la eliminación de un importante programa que socavaba al régimen de Castro y proporcionaba la libertad a médicos cubanos los cuales están forzados a trabajar en una esclavitud moderna que sólo beneficia este régimen opresor.”
Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Latest Obama Concession to Castro Regime: Elimination of Wet Foot/Dry Foot and Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) made the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s elimination of the wet foot/dry foot policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole program.
Statement by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen:
“Castro uses refugees as pawns to get more concessions from Washington so there is no reason to do away with the Cuban medical doctor program, which is a foolhardy concession to a regime that sends its doctors to foreign nations in a modern-day indentured servitude. The repeal of the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program was done because that's what the Cuban dictatorship wanted and the White House caved to what Castro wants, instead of standing up for U.S. democratic values and seeking the return of fugitives from U.S. justice like Joanne Chesimard or seeking compensation for U.S. citizens for their confiscated properties. In another bad deal by the Obama administration, it has traded wet foot/dry foot for the elimination of an important program which was undermining the Castro regime by providing an outlet for Cuban doctors to seek freedom from forced labor which only benefits an oppressive regime.”
Ros-Lehtinen Disappointed That New F-35A Fighter Jets Will Not Be Stationed At Homestead Air Reserve Base
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) made the following statement regarding the announcement that the first Reserve-led F-35A program will not be stationed at Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB). In 2016, Ros-Lehtinen led two bipartisan letters to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James advocating for the placement of this program at HARB.
Statement by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen:
“I’m disappointed that Homestead Air Reserve Base was not chosen to host the nation’s first Reserve-led F-35A program. Given HARB’s strategic importance to our community and nation, I will be asking the incoming administration to review this decision as quickly as practical. HARB’s 482nd Fighter Wing, with the ability to deploy anywhere around the world, was a natural partner for this program in addition to its advantages when it comes to runways, storage, and space. However, I am hopeful that the Air Force will choose to place and implement other programs in our beautiful community in the near future.”
Sen. Cruz and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen Release Statement Following Detainment of Cuban Dissident Dr. Óscar Elias Biscet
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) issued a joint statement following the detainment of prominent Cuban dissident Dr. Óscar Elias Biscet:
“It’s appalling that the Castro dictatorship continues to show its true colors, regardless of the romanticizing effort undertaken by the White House, by temporarily detaining Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a pro-democracy Cuban advocate and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The communist regime in Havana continues to harass, intimidate, and commit massive human rights abuses by imprisoning and even torturing Cubans who attempt to speak out for liberty, democracy, and justice. Our nation shouldn’t be expanding economic relations with a country that continues to violate basic human rights and refuses to give a voice to political opposition. We look forward to swearing in a new U.S. president very soon who has pledged to stand with the people of Cuba, not their tyrannical oppressors.”Read More
Ros-Lehtinen Applauds the Passage of the INSPIRE Women Act to Advance the Engagement of Women in STEM fields
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) made the following statement after the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act. This bill, co-sponsored by Ros-Lehtinen, will provide essential support for multiple initiatives that work to motivate and prepare students to succeed in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and aerospace fields.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I am very pleased that the INSPIRE Women Act has passed in the House with such overwhelming support. For our economy to thrive in an information and technology driven world, we must ensure that we have a skilled workforce with the tools to succeed. The outreach and mentorship programs supported in this legislation will help revitalize the U.S. space program and American businesses by preparing and empowering the next generation to take on and succeed in STEM focused careers. However, although the passage of this bill is a great achievement, it must be the first of many steps. I look forward to working with Rep. Comstock and my colleagues in Congress in support of more legislation that empowers women to become more active players in the advancement of our nation and our economy.”Read More
Ros-Lehtinen le Escribe al Presidente Electo Trump y al Vicepresidente Electo Pence Sobre Carta de Ex Diplomáticos Para Imponer Sanciones y Terminar el Intercambio de Inteligencia con el Régimen de Castro
Washington, DC – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Presidente del Subcomité del Oriente Medio y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración después de que ella remitió una carta al presidente electo Trump y vicepresidente electo Pence del Center for a Free Cuba escrito por los ex diplomáticos James Cason, Everett Briggs, Elliott Abrams, José Sorzano y Otto Reich. La carta describe varios pasos que pueden y deben tomarse para acabar el intercambio de inteligencia con el régimen de Castro, hacer cumplir la actual ley de sanciones de los Estados Unidos y otras medidas que puede implementar la administración entrante.
Declaración de la Congresista Ros-Lehtinen:
"Los méritos de esta carta que describe qué medidas deben tomarse para ayudar a los cubanos merecen la atención de la administración entrante. Una política eficaz para Cuba debe centrarse en la libertad, la democracia, el estado de derecho y respeto de los derechos humanos, debe cumplir las sanciones de ley de los Estados Unidos y debe proteger nuestros intereses de seguridad nacional. Esta carta establece algunas acciones concretas que se pueden realizar en los primeros 100 días de la administración entrante para lograr estos objetivos y espero que el Presidente Electo Trump y Vicepresidente Electo Pence le den consideración en el momento de formular su política con Cuba.”
Ros-Lehtinen Writes To President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence Regarding Former Diplomats’ Letter To Enforce Sanctions, End Intelligence Sharing With Castro Regime
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after she forwarded a letter to President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence from a Center for a Free Cuba authored by former diplomats James Cason, Everett Briggs, Elliott Abrams, Jose Sorzano, and Otto Reich. The letter describes various steps that can and should be taken such as ending the sharing of intelligence with the Castro regime, enforcing current U.S. sanctions law, and other measures that the incoming administration can implement.
Statement by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen:
“The merits of this letter describing what steps should be taken to help the Cuban people deserve the attention of the incoming administration. An effective Cuba policy must focus on freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, must enforce the sanctions codified in U.S. law, and must protect our own national security interests. This letter lays out some concrete actions that can be done in the first 100 days of the incoming administration to achieve these goals, and I hope President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence give it strong consideration when formulating their Cuba policy.”
2206 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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