Ros-Lehtinen Insta al Secretario General a abordar el prejuicio anti-Israel de la ONU, y a apoyar a los pueblos de Cuba, Venezuela y Nicaragua
“Insté a Antonio a tomar una posición más firme y a alzar su voz y tomar liderazgo en apoyo a las personas de estos países que simplemente anhelan los derechos humanos que Dios les ha dado”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración después de la reunión con el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores de la Cámara con el Secretario General de la ONU Antonio Guterres. Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:
“En mi reunión con el Secretario General Guterres, lo alenté a seguir avanzando su agenda de reformas en la ONU y a prestar su voz en una serie de cuestiones importantes. Le pedí que se opusiera a lo que indudablemente será una investigación prejuiciada y dañina liderada por la ONU sobre los acontecimientos en la frontera entre Israel y Gaza y también a que ayude a erradicar el prejuicio anti-Israelí que prevalece en toda esa organización.
“También expresé mi profunda preocupación por la crisis de los derechos humanos en Nicaragua, Venezuela y Cuba, y el fracaso de la ONU para abordarlos adecuadamente. Luego de las protestas pacíficas en Nicaragua, más de 60 nicaragüenses, entre ellos muchos jóvenes estudiantes, fueron asesinados y muchos más resultaron heridos y arrestados. El pueblo de Venezuela está exigiendo elecciones que sean libres, justas, y transparentes; no la farsa fraudulenta que Maduro está creando. En Cuba, muchos han confundido la llamada transición de poder como un cambio democrático de gobierno cuando, en realidad, el régimen de Castro continúa rigiendo la isla con mano de hierro. Insté a Antonio a tomar una posición más firme y a alzar su voz y tomar liderazgo en apoyo a las personas de estos países que simplemente anhelan los derechos humanos que Dios les ha dado.”Read More
Ros-Lehtinen Urges Secretary General to Address UN’s Anti-Israel Bias, Support People of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua
“I urged Antonio to take a stronger stand and be a vocal leader in support of the people of these countries that are simply asking for their God-given human rights”
(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 after a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“While meeting with Secretary General Guterres, I encouraged him to continue making progress on his reform agenda at the UN and to lend his voice on a number of important issues. I asked him to oppose what would undoubtedly be a biased and harmful UN-led inquiry on events on the Israel-Gaza border and to help eradicate the anti-Israel bias that is pervasive throughout the organization.
“I also expressed my grave concern over the human rights crises in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, and the UN’s failure to adequately address them. Following peaceful protests in Nicaragua, more than 60 Nicaraguans, including many young students, have been killed, and many more injured and arrested. The people of Venezuela are demanding real elections that are free, fair and transparent; not the fraudulent excuse that Maduro is setting up. In Cuba, many have mistaken the so-called transition of power for a democratic change of government when, in reality, the Castro regime continues to rule the island with an iron fist. I urged Antonio to take a stronger stand and be a vocal leader in support of the people of these countries that are simply asking for their God-given human rights.”Read More
Bipartisan Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2018
Introduced in House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2018, was introduced by Representatives Gene Green (D-TX), Don Young (R-AK), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). While recent data shows that 95 percent of cases and deaths are in developing countries, tuberculosis (TB) cases continue to occur in the United States with more than 9,000 patients diagnosed annually.
The Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2018 would update and ensure the tools necessary for public health officials to eliminate TB in the United States by providing support to domestic programs that combat tuberculosis, which include:
“I’m proud to introduce this legislation, which reauthorizes the Comprehensive Tuberculosis Elimination Act of 2008,” said Rep. Green, original sponsor of the bill and Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health. “We must continue to remain committed to providing the resources necessary to develop new tools, better diagnose TB infections and accurately identify resistant strains of drug-resistant TB.”
“In Alaska, tuberculosis is still a prominent issue which is why I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation, said Rep. Young. “In 2016, we had nearly three times the national average cases of TB reported in Alaska. Eliminating TB, and the many stigmas surrounding this infectious disease, is important for the well-being of our most vulnerable communities. This bill will help to equip our public health officials with the necessary resources to effectively manage and decrease the spread of TB.”
“TB is a disease we know how to prevent, treat and cure – and yet, it remains the number one infectious killer worldwide,” said Rep. Engel. “Sadly, TB often takes the greatest toll on the most vulnerable among us, including young children. We must do more to defeat this killer once and for all, and I am proud to help lead this effort.”
“Tuberculosis should be a disease of the past but, unfortunately, over 9,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year,” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen. “Tuberculosis is a potentially deadly illness that we must continue to fight by innovating improved vaccines and treatments that respond to evolving strains. I’m proud to join with my colleague, Gene, in order to help eradicate the incidences of this disease in our nation.”
A copy of the bill is available HERE.
Ros-Lehtinen Announces Winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition
“I’m so proud of these creative young artists who dedicate time to their craft every day.”
(Miami, FL) – For her congressional district, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) has announced the winner and runners up for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition district. The competition began in 1982, since its inception in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated, to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Each year members of Congress host this annual art competition within their districts to provide opportunities for high school students to have their art displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol and recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The second and third place winners will have their artwork displayed in Ros-Lehtinen’s Washington, DC office and the honorable mention’s artwork is displayed in Ros-Lehtinen’s district office.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Our South Florida community is a hotbed of artistic talent and I know that the wonderful high school students who entered this competition are just the tip of the iceberg. I’m so proud of these creative young artists who dedicate time to their craft every day. I’ve been honored to host this competition every year and the quality of the submissions has always been excellent, thoughtful, and unique. Although it is our duty to name a winner, every student who participated is worthy of showcasing their beautiful artwork!”
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House Foreign Affairs Committee Provides Unanimous Approval of Ros-Lehtinen Measure Authorizing Security Assistance For Israel
“Our bill provides Israel with at least some peace of mind, knowing that the United States will continue to stand beside the Jewish State and that we will continue to seek ways to strengthen our bilateral relationship”
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement following the unanimous approval by the House Foreign Affairs Committee of H.R. 5141 – the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018. The bill, authored by Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, has broad bipartisan support, with nearly 200 co-sponsors. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Iran’s brazen antagonism and aggression toward Israel have taken an alarming turn for the worse. This rogue regime is attempting to encircle the democratic Jewish State and provoke a direct confrontation. Iranian groups have joined Hezbollah, the regime’s proxy and U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization, and are amassing on Israel’s borders. This represents a very real and dangerous threat to our close friend and ally, and that is precisely why Ted and I authored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act – to ensure that Israel will always have what it needs to secure and defend itself and its citizens from all threats. Our bill provides Israel with at least some peace of mind, knowing that the United States will continue to stand beside the Jewish State and that we will continue to seek ways to strengthen our bilateral relationship. I thank my colleagues for supporting this important bill and it is my hope the Senate can take action on this measure so we can get it to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”
NOTE: H.R. 5141 authorizes $3.3 billion annually in foreign military financing for Israel for fiscal years 2019-2023. In addition, it extends the authorization of the War Reserves Stockpile Authority for Israel (WRSA-I) through FY2023 and extends the loan guarantees for Israel for the same corresponding period. The measure also authorizes the transfer of precision guided munitions (PGMs) to Israel, amends the Arms Export Control Act to improve reporting on enhancing Israel’s QME and security posture, and states that it is U.S. policy to ensure that Israel maintains its ability to counter and defeat any credible conventional military or emerging threat through the use of superior military means. In addition to the security-related measures, H.R. 5141 enhances the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship across several areas, including space and cybersecurity. The act also authorizes USAID to enter into a global memoranda of understanding with Israel in order to advance common goals across a wide variety of sectors.
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Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Signing Discharge Petition To Force Debate on DREAMer Legislation
(Washington, DC) - U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) made the following statement on her joining a discharge petition to force debate on legisation which would give DREAMers permanent legal status. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have refused to sign discharge petitions when Republicans are in the majority because I consider them to be a political tool used by those in the minority. That is still my belief. However, this majority-driven petition will be my exception to that rule. For far too long, the House has refused to act to protect DREAMers. We can no longer sit with our arms crossed waiting for a ‘magic wand’ solution. I join my colleagues, Carlos, Jeff, Will, Mario, David, and Mia who have signed this discharge petition to force a debate on legislation that will enshrine permanent legal status for these young men and women. Our DREAMers cannot live waiting on court decision to court decision. The time to act is now.”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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