Ros-Lehtinen Proud To Re-Dedicate Fitness Center at HARB for Congressional Colleague and Vietnam POW on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Miami, Florida – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will be attending the ribbon-cutting of the Sam Johnson Fitness Center, which she named for Congressional colleague Rep. Sam Johnson, a Vietnam POW, at Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm.
WHO: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Colonel Chris G. Funk, 482nd Fighter Wing Commander; Homestead Air Reserve Base personnel and members of the Homestead community.
WHAT: Ribbon-cutting for the Sam Johnson Fitness Center at Homestead Air Reserve Base
WHERE: Building 400, Community Activity Center at Homestead Air Reserve Base, 28801 Coral Sea Blvd, Homestead Base, FL 33039
WHY: Re-dedication of the Homestead Air Reserve Base Fitness Center in honor of Congressman Sam Johnson, a distinguished veteran whose three-decade career in the Air Force included time as a fighter pilot in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I'm pleased that several years ago, my Congressional colleagues passed my bill that names the Homestead Air Reserve Base Fitness Center as the Sam Johnson Fitness Center. I sponsored the bill naming the fitness center for Sam because he briefly served at HARB and has fond memories of his service there and of South Florida. Sam was severely beaten as a prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam and his bravery in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and his continuing public service demonstrate a life lived for his country. We must continue to work to provide our soldiers and veterans with the very best facilities and care so that we honor the sacrifices they are making for our freedom.”
Ros-Lehtinen Escribe Carta a Secretario de Estado Kerry Oponiéndose a Decisión de Otorgar Visas Para Entrar a los Estados Unidos a Tres Oficiales de Alto Rango del Régimen Castrista
(WASHINGTON) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración referente a reportes de que el Departamento de Estado otorgó visas para entrar a los Estados Unidos a tres funcionarios de alto rango del régimen castrista. Mariela Castro, hija de Raúl Castro, recibió una visa para participar en reuniones en la ciudad de Nueva York y en las Naciones Unidas; Josefina Vidal planea visitar al espía convicto y agente del régimen Castrista, Antonio Guerrero y, Antonio Castro, hijo de Fidel Castro, ha dicho que él tiene planes de visitar la Serie Mundial de las Ligas Menores y participar en reuniones con representantes de las Grandes Ligas de Béisbol. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“Yo he escrito al Secretario Kerry para expresar mi opinión y preocupación sobre la decisión del Departamento de Estado otorgándole visas para entrar a los Estados Unidos a tres funcionarios de alto rango del régimen Castrista. Un voto ‘no’ sin importancia en el falso parlamento cubano hecho por Mariela Castro no engaña a nadie. Esto es una decisión sin lógica que pretende dar la apariencia de normalidad en relaciones con este régimen criminal y manda el mensaje incorrecto a los 11 millones de cubanos sufriendo bajo la opresión. Es una ofensa a los principios de la libertad y democracia y urjo a la Administración que cambie su decisión y trabaje a favor de reformas en la isla.”Read More
Ros-Lehtinen Pens Letter to Secretary Kerry Opposing Decision to Grant Three High Ranking Castro Regime Officials Entry Visas
(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding news that the State Department has granted three high-level Cuban regime officials entry visas to the United States. Mariela Castro, Raul Castro’s daughter, has been granted an entry visa to take part in meetings in New York City and the United Nations; Josefina Vidal plans on visiting convicted Cuban spy and agent of the Castro regime, Antonio Guerrero; and, Antonio Castro, son of Fidel Castro, has stated that he will be visiting the Little League World Series and conducting meetings with Major League Baseball representatives. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I’ve written to Secretary Kerry to express my opposition and concern over the State Department’s recent decision to grant these three high ranking Castro regime officials entry to the United States. A meaningless 'no' vote in the sham of the Cuban parliamentary by Mariela Castro doesn't fool anyone. This is a misguided decision that gives the appearance of normalcy in relations with this murderous regime and sends the wrong message to the 11 million Cuban people suffering under its oppressive rule. It is an affront to the principles of freedom and democracy, and I would urge the Administration to reverse its decision and instead push for greater reforms on the island.”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración tras la designación del Profesor William Schabas y otros críticos de Israel, a una investigación del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU (UNHRC por sus siglas en inglés) sobre la situación en Gaza. La investigación es resultado de una resolución parcial aprobada por el mismo organismo el mes pasado donde los Estados Unidos fue el único voto en contra, y que falló en mencionar el uso de escudos humanos por Hamas y sus ataques de cohetes contra poblaciones de ciudadanos israelíes. Dijo Ros-Lehtinen:
“Es repugnante que el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU ha designado a Schabas para encabezar esta investigación. No hay ni si quiera una pretensión del deseo por un criterio justo por la UNHRC; la sentencia ya ha sido decidida antes de que el grupo haya tenido su primera reunión. Schabas repetidamente ha sugerido que el Primer Ministro de Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, sea enjuiciado por crímenes de guerra y es un crítico de Israel bien conocido. Peor aún, Schabas ha fallado en denunciar a Hamas por lo que es: una organización terrorista que ha usado a palestinos inocentes como escudos humanos contra ataques israelíes, a pesar de que Hamas ha sido designado de tal manera por los E.E.U.U., la Unión Europea y otros. La designación de un crítico de Israel tan descarado y parcial asegura que esta supuesta investigación no será nada más que una corte de payasos y otro ejercicio para atacar a Israel por la corrupta Naciones Unidas.”Read More
UN Takes Anti-Israel Agenda to New Levels with Appointment of Unabashedly Biased Panel in Latest Sham Inquiry, Says Ros-Lehtinen
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the appointment of Professor William Schabas and other Israel critics to lead a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigation into the current situation in Gaza. The inquiry is a result of the one-sided resolution passed by that body last month in which the United States was the lone dissenting vote, and which failed to mention the use of human shields by Hamas and its indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli civilian populations. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“It’s repulsive that the UN Human Rights Council has appointed Schabas to head this investigation. There isn’t even a pretense of the desire for a fair and balanced judgment by the UNHRC; the verdict has already been decided before the panel will even convene its first meeting. Schabas has repeatedly called for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be prosecuted for war crimes and is a well-known critic of Israel. Worse, he has failed to denounce Hamas for what it is: a terrorist organization that uses innocent Palestinians as human shields against Israeli strikes, despite Hamas being labeled by the U.S., EU and others as such. The appointment of such an unhinged and one-sided critic of Israel ensures that this so-called inquiry will amount to nothing more than a kangaroo court and another exercise in anti-Israel bashing by the corrupt United Nations.”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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