Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Blasts Certain OAS Member States for Supporting Murderous Maduro Regime

2017/06/27

On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Blasts Certain OAS Member States for Supporting Murderous Maduro Regime

“The deteriorating situation in Venezuela is an important matter for the region, and for our own interests, Mr. Speaker, and our message must be to those countries that continue to vote against the people of Venezuela: Stop being cowards. Be courageous. Stand up to these corrupt bullies in Venezuela. Do it for the people of Venezuela. How many more of them have to give their lives for you to wake up?”

(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 Organization of American States (OAS) failure to secure the votes to fully enforce a resolution condemning the Maduro regime’s work to undermine the democratically elected National Assembly in Venezuela.

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Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Mr. Speaker, last week’s General Assembly meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Cancun was intended to get greater support from the region to hold Nicolas Maduro and his regime accountable for their horrific actions against the Venezuelan people.

However, we fell short of the 23 votes needed to fully enforce a resolution condemning Maduro for convening a fake constituent assembly with the purpose of undermining the democratically elected national assembly.

I commend the 20 nations – thank you to the 20 nations - that stood up to the Venezuelan tyrant, especially I want to single out Barbados, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Guyana, and Belize.

To our allies in the Caribbean who voted with the people of Venezuela and not with the regime I say: thank you.

And to those who voted against the people of Venezuela and with the regime, my message to you is: wake up.

The Maduro regime is a sinking ship and as that economy continues to implode, it will take some of the Caribbean nations along with it.

It is in the best interests of the Caribbean nations to work with the United States, with Canada, with Mexico and other regional allies to put an end to the abusive tactics of the Maduro regime once and for all.

Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, countries like Nicaragua, whose leader Ortega is a kindred spirit of Maduro, spoke out to oppose the meeting and criticized the OAS for what it called interference in Venezuela’s domestic issues.

Ortega condemned the OAS for taking its rightful action to apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter for Venezuela, yet Ortega wants us to believe that he is in favor of negotiating in good faith with the OAS to improve the electoral, the political, and the human rights situation in Nicaragua – what a farce.

Ortega has been doing Maduro’s bidding at the OAS since day one and we see right through him.

Ortega has illustrated time and again that he is not interested in any reforms nor is he interested in restoring any democratic values back to the people of Nicaragua.

But Ortega was not the only one who abandoned the people of Venezuela.

No.

El Salvador is another nation that has not once voted alongside the U.S. on issues related to Venezuela, even though we continue to provide funds for the Central American Alliance for Prosperity plan.

They like our money, they just don’t want to look at things our way at all.

Last week, I signed onto a letter that my dear friend Albio Sires of New Jersey. He led this letter to the Department of Treasury urging it to designate the El Salvadorian Deputy Foreign Minister, Jose Luis Merino, as a Foreign Narcotics Kingpin for his ties to illicit activities, drug trafficking, and money laundering for the FARC – the FARC that is a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization.

It is pathetic that the Venezuelan regime continues to use certain countries at the OAS as its puppets to shield itself from regional criticism.

In the last two months, Mr. Speaker, more than 70 people have been killed by Maduro’s regime in Venezuela. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds have been arrested. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds have been injured by the violence – including a 17 year old protestor who was shot in point blank range by pro-Maduro police thugs.

It is unacceptable for us to sit idly by as this cruelty continues to happen.

It is a disgrace that the region could not come together in a united front to call out the Maduro regime for the violent thugs that they are, a disgrace to our democratic principles and values, and a disgrace to the Inter-American Democratic Charter for which the OAS stands.

The deteriorating situation in Venezuela is an important matter for the region, and for our own interests, Mr. Speaker, and our message must be to those countries that continue to vote against the people of Venezuela:

Stop being cowards.

Be courageous

Stand up to these corrupt bullies in Venezuela.

Do it for the people of Venezuela.

How many more of them have to give their lives for you to wake up?

And if you don’t stop to reassess your support for Maduro and your willingness to turn a blind eye toward the suffering of the Venezuelan people, perhaps America will start to reassess its relationship with you.”

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Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Condemning Anti-LGBT Violence In Chechnya Passes House

2017/06/27

Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Condemning Anti-LGBT Violence In Chechnya Passes House

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL) resolution, H. Res. 351, condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya passed the full House today. Ros-Lehtinen introduced the resolution in response to reports that gay, or perceived to be gay, men in Chechnya have been beaten, arrested, and forced into prison camps. Additionally, Ros-Lehtinen has continuously denounced the human rights abuses and lack of free expression and association that occur in Russia and the North Caucuses.

Remarks by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker and I thank as always our esteemed Chairman, Mr. Royce of California as well as Mr. Engel of New York who really run our committee in the most fair, bipartisan way possible. I think that our committee is an example for the rest of the House.

I am so grateful to have worked alongside my Chairman and Ranking Member, and all of our colleagues in the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a bipartisan manner, particularly Mr. Issa, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Smith, Mr. Lowenthal in introducing and bring to the floor this important resolution – House Resolution 351 – Condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya.

Since early April, there have been credible reports that gay or perceived to be gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya had been rounded up, have been detained, have been put into prison camps by the authorities of Chechnya.

And according to international human rights groups and activists on the ground, the situation has rapidly escalated, and despite the international attention and the rage, the beatings and torture did not stop.

Men continue to be tortured on a daily basis, and allegedly at least twenty men have been killed.

And the latest reports indicate that lesbians are also being targeted now.

This government campaign targeting LGBT individuals is also inciting “honor killings.”

Families are being threatened and act out of fear of also being persecuted.

This is appalling.

Putin has given free rein to the Chechen leader and has significant influence over what goes on in Chechnya.

Let’s not forget Russia's deplorable human rights record of silencing religious minorities, of prohibiting freedom of expression, of restricting free association of LGBT individuals.

This is Russia’s record. It’s Chechnya’s as well.

Nothing has been done.

No perpetrators have been brought to justice.

This is it is up to us the United States to not sit idly by while this state-sponsored persecution is ongoing.

This bipartisan resolution, Mr. Speaker, does not only shed light on this dreadful human rights disaster, but it also:

•           calls on the officials of Chechnya to immediately put an end to the abduction and violence of individuals based on their real or perceived sexual orientation;

•           it calls on Putin to uphold its international commitments and protect the human rights of all people upon which Russia has entered. They have signed these commitments, yet they don’t fulfill them;

•           and it holds accountable those individuals in the attacks, who will also be sanctioned under two existing U.S. sanctions laws: Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act  and the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Today, this body has the ability to once again be that strong voice human rights of all individuals.

And send a clear message to any oppressor that the U.S. will not turn a blind eye against violence, against harassment, and discrimination no matter where it happens.

And so as a country, we have the responsibility to promote our deeply cherished American values and reaffirm our commitment to fundamental freedoms, especially those who live under the shadow of oppression and tyranny.

We stand in solidarity with the persecuted – with the religious minorities, with the ethnic groups, with the suppressed women, and in this case, with the LGBT community.

Because the respect of human rights of all people remain a U.S. foreign policy priority.

So I thank my colleagues for their overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, who have supported this important resolution, which sends a unified message that the United States is committed to promoting human rights and that this crisis must end now.

Because this matter is not just an LGBT issue, as important as it is, it’s a human life matter and it deserves support from all of us.

Everyone deserves dignity and everyone deserves respect in the place they call home, no matter where that is around the world. 

And it is time to put an end to Chechnya’s barbaric LGBT purge.

I thank the gentleman for the time and I thank the Ranking Member as well. I yield back.

 

 

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On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Blasts Certain OAS Member States for Supporting Murderous Maduro Regime

2017/06/27

On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Blasts Certain OAS Member States for Supporting Murderous Maduro Regime

“The deteriorating situation in Venezuela is an important matter for the region, and for our own interests, Mr. Speaker, and our message must be to those countries that continue to vote against the people of Venezuela: Stop being cowards. Be courageous. Stand up to these corrupt bullies in Venezuela. Do it for the people of Venezuela. How many more of them have to give their lives for you to wake up?”

(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 Organization of American States (OAS) failure to secure the votes to fully enforce a resolution condemning the Maduro regime’s work to undermine the democratically elected National Assembly in Venezuela.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Mr. Speaker, last week’s General Assembly meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Cancun was intended to get greater support from the region to hold Nicolas Maduro and his regime accountable for their horrific actions against the Venezuelan people.

However, we fell short of the 23 votes needed to fully enforce a resolution condemning Maduro for convening a fake constituent assembly with the purpose of undermining the democratically elected national assembly.

I commend the 20 nations – thank you to the 20 nations - that stood up to the Venezuelan tyrant, especially I want to single out Barbados, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Guyana, and Belize.

To our allies in the Caribbean who voted with the people of Venezuela and not with the regime I say: thank you.

And to those who voted against the people of Venezuela and with the regime, my message to you is: wake up.

The Maduro regime is a sinking ship and as that economy continues to implode, it will take some of the Caribbean nations along with it.

It is in the best interests of the Caribbean nations to work with the United States, with Canada, with Mexico and other regional allies to put an end to the abusive tactics of the Maduro regime once and for all.

Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, countries like Nicaragua, whose leader Ortega is a kindred spirit of Maduro, spoke out to oppose the meeting and criticized the OAS for what it called interference in Venezuela’s domestic issues.

Ortega condemned the OAS for taking its rightful action to apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter for Venezuela, yet Ortega wants us to believe that he is in favor of negotiating in good faith with the OAS to improve the electoral, the political, and the human rights situation in Nicaragua – what a farce.

Ortega has been doing Maduro’s bidding at the OAS since day one and we see right through him.

Ortega has illustrated time and again that he is not interested in any reforms nor is he interested in restoring any democratic values back to the people of Nicaragua.

But Ortega was not the only one who abandoned the people of Venezuela.

No.

El Salvador is another nation that has not once voted alongside the U.S. on issues related to Venezuela, even though we continue to provide funds for the Central American Alliance for Prosperity plan.

They like our money, they just don’t want to look at things our way at all.

Last week, I signed onto a letter that my dear friend Albio Sires of New Jersey. He led this letter to the Department of Treasury urging it to designate the El Salvadorian Deputy Foreign Minister, Jose Luis Merino, as a Foreign Narcotics Kingpin for his ties to illicit activities, drug trafficking, and money laundering for the FARC – the FARC that is a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization.

It is pathetic that the Venezuelan regime continues to use certain countries at the OAS as its puppets to shield itself from regional criticism.

In the last two months, Mr. Speaker, more than 70 people have been killed by Maduro’s regime in Venezuela. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds have been arrested. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds have been injured by the violence – including a 17 year old protestor who was shot in point blank range by pro-Maduro police thugs.

It is unacceptable for us to sit idly by as this cruelty continues to happen.

It is a disgrace that the region could not come together in a united front to call out the Maduro regime for the violent thugs that they are, a disgrace to our democratic principles and values, and a disgrace to the Inter-American Democratic Charter for which the OAS stands.

The deteriorating situation in Venezuela is an important matter for the region, and for our own interests, Mr. Speaker, and our message must be to those countries that continue to vote against the people of Venezuela:

Stop being cowards.

Be courageous

Stand up to these corrupt bullies in Venezuela.

Do it for the people of Venezuela.

How many more of them have to give their lives for you to wake up?

And if you don’t stop to reassess your support for Maduro and your willingness to turn a blind eye toward the suffering of the Venezuelan people, perhaps America will start to reassess its relationship with you.”

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H Res 351

2017/06/27


Ros-Lehtinen, Perlmutter Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Cancer Patients from Defaulting on Student Loans During Treatment

2017/06/21

Ros-Lehtinen, Perlmutter Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Cancer Patients from Defaulting on Student Loans During Treatment

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced HR 2976, the Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act, which would enable individuals who are diagnosed with cancer to defer payments on public student loans while actively receiving treatment without interest accruing during the deferment period. This bill will help provide patients with desperately needed financial peace of mind while they wage their battle against cancer. It is also a common sense solution to address the rising number of student loans defaults amongst borrowers by empowering patients to continue repayment after they are back to full health.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“No person should have to endure cancer treatments while being concerned about pending student loan payments. We should show compassion and help those who are living likely the most difficult period of their lives and allow them to focus on beating cancer, not fretting about repayments and answering to creditors, and this bill will do just that. During the difficulties of those we are called upon to help, not hinder, their treacherous road. I would also like to thank Critical Mass: the young adult cancer alliance for their help in making this bill a reality.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to make sure that this bill becomes law and that we provide this much needed assistance to cancer patients throughout our nation.”

Statement by Perlmutter:

"“The hardships created for individuals and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis is only exacerbated by the financial burden of a student loan when one is receiving active treatment. It should be a no brainer while an individual is receiving treatment to defer payments without penalty during this difficult time.”

 

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Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act

2017/06/21


Egyptian and Tunisian Enterprise Funds Need Continued U.S. Support and Oversight, Can Be Profitable Economic Development Tools, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2017/06/21

Egyptian and Tunisian Enterprise Funds Need Continued U.S. Support and Oversight, Can Be Profitable Economic Development Tools, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“Last month, I was proud to introduce, alongside Ranking Member Deutch and a number of our colleagues, a bill that would authorize a new enterprise fund for another U.S. ally: Jordan.”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement today at a subcommittee hearing entitled, “Grading the Egyptian and Tunisian Enterprise Funds.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“When the Obama administration proposed establishing enterprise funds in Egypt and Tunisia in 2011, I admit that I was skeptical. Previous versions of these U.S.-funded entities, first established by the George H. W. Bush administration following the breakup of the Soviet Union, had a mixed track record. Establishing new funds in Tunisia and especially in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood had just taken power, seemed like a risky proposition. So despite a rocky start, I’m happy to see that these funds have made some positive progress.

And one thing we learned from the previous reviews and hearings on enterprise funds is that the capabilities of each fund’s chairman and board of directors may be the single most determining factor of that success. So I commend both Jim and Bo for their tremendous work over the past few years – we are grateful to each of you gentlemen for your time and for you leadership

And as Jim and Bo lay out in their written testimony, the road getting here was not easy, especially working in two countries with rapidly changing political conditions, difficult regulatory environments, and in need of serious economic reforms. Although both funds are still in relatively early stages, it is an opportune time to provide Congressional oversight and take a look at how each fund is fulfilling its dual mandate: making a profit and developing their respective private sectors.

In Egypt, we are finally seeing some positive economic signs after years of being on what seemed to be the edge of a crisis. Foreign direct investment is increasing, investors are buying Egyptian bonds, and the foreign currency shortage has abated. With difficult austerity measures already in place, it is critical that President Sisi continues to make the hard decisions necessary for long-term growth.

In Tunisia, the government is also taking important steps to reform the economy, including raising interest rates and launching an initiative to tackle corruption. In addition to corruption, however, there are still many other concerns, including underemployment of educated Tunisians, an extremely high unemployment rate among working-age youth, and a tourism sector that has still not recovered from several devastating terrorist attacks.

Reforming the economy in both Egypt and Tunisia is no easy task and it’s going to take an extraordinary amount of political will from each of their governments – in addition to international assistance – to make the necessary changes. That is one reason why so many people are excited about the prospect of these Enterprise Funds and the economic assistance opportunities that they can provide. In Egypt’s case, the Sisi government continues to prevent programming of regular U.S. economic assistance through both international and domestic NGOs, and we still have a backlog of hundreds of millions of Economic Support Fund dollars. And in the case of Tunisia, I am concerned that we are not providing the level of assistance that is required to meet U.S. stability and security goals in the region. The President’s proposed cuts to both the FMF and ESF accounts for Tunisia would unnecessarily hinder our ability to assist with our partner’s crucial democratic transition.

As important U.S. allies, both Egypt and Tunisia’s economic well-being are critical to U.S. interests, and it is important that we find ways to support them any way we can. Last month, I was proud to introduce, alongside Ranking Member Deutch and a number of our colleagues, a bill that would authorize a new enterprise fund for another U.S. ally: Jordan. With the Chairmen of the Egyptian-American and Tunisian-American Enterprise Funds here with us today, I am hoping that, in addition to answering questions about their funds and addressing any concerns Members may have, they will also provide recommendations for setting up a fund in Jordan.

While enterprise funds should not be looked upon as a panacea, it is clear that they can be powerful drivers of economic growth and spur the necessary development of sustainable private sectors – and turn a profit at the same time. I look forward to hearing our witnesses’ thoughts about enterprise funds as a foreign policy tool as well as any lessons that they may have learned along the way.”

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REPS. ROS-LEHTINEN AND LIEU INTRODUCE WORLD REFUGEE DAY RESOLUTION

2017/06/20

REPS. ROS-LEHTINEN AND LIEU INTRODUCE WORLD REFUGEE DAY RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON - Today, on World Refugee Day, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R I Florida) introduced a House Resolution reaffirming the United States’ commitment to the protection of refugees and displaced persons.  Rep. Lieu introduced a similar bill in the 114th Congress.

Upon introduction of the resolution Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Lieu issued the following statements:

“World Refugee Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves of our nation’s tradition of welcoming the oppressed from all corners of the globe,” said Representative Ros-Lehtinen. “As a refugee who fled communist Cuba, I’m proud to introduce this resolution with my colleague, Ted, stressing the importance helping those fleeing conflict, strife, and repression. I continue to support the important work of U.S. agencies responsible for helping displaced refugees. This bipartisan resolution recognizes the importance of welcoming those who want to contribute and build a better life, especially when they are fleeing often unspeakable horrors.”

“Right now, the world faces the worst displacement crisis in history,” said Representative Lieu. “As refugees flee violence and persecution in search of peace and freedom, they are faced with some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Children are set back a generation without access to education, families are stuck in waiting, and countries that neighbor conflict zones struggle to accommodate for the sudden influx of people. As an immigrant and a Veteran, I know that that protecting the most vulnerable people among us via the U.S. resettlement program and humanitarian assistance abroad promotes our core values and protects our national security interests. It is critical that we answer the growing protectionist attitudes throughout the world with a clear, bipartisan message that we stand #WithRefugees, regardless of their national origin or religion.  On this World Refugee Day, I am proud to introduce legislation with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and over 40 of our House colleagues to reaffirm U.S. leadership in promoting the health, safety and well-being of refugees.”

 

THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY: Alianza Americas, Alternative Chance, America's Voice Education Fund, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Amnesty International USA, Arkansas United Community Coalition, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, Border Action Network, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Center for Victims of Torture, Central American Resource Center, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Community Development Association, Church World Service (CWS), Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS), Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Faith Voices Arkansas, Florida Council of Churches, Franciscan Action Network, Freedom Network USA, Global Progressive Hub, HIAS, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Humane Borders, Interfaith Worker Justice, International Refugee Assistance Project, International Rescue Committee, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Just Foreign Policy, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Latin America Working Group (LAWG), Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, National Council of Jewish Women, National Immigration Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Partnership for New Americans, NYU Center for Health and Human Rights, Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Oxfam America, Peace Action, Presbyterian Church (USA), RefugePoint, Save the Children USA, School Sisters of Notre Dame JPIC Dept, Service Employees International Union, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN), Sisters of Mercy of the Americas - Institute Justice Team, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities, Syrian Community Network, Tacoma Community House, The Asylum Seeker Assistance Project, The Episcopal Church, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Win Without War, Women's Refugee Commission, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, North Carolina Council of Churches, and Tahirih Justice Center.

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Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Hank Johnson and Raul Ruiz Announce Formation of The Congressional Caucus For Advancement of Studio, Talent (CAST) and Film Diversity

2017/06/20

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Hank Johnson and Raul Ruiz Announce Formation of The Congressional Caucus For Advancement of Studio, Talent (CAST) and Film Diversity

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) announced the formation of the Congressional Caucus for Advancement of Studio, Talent and Film Diversity. This new bi-partisan Caucus aims to focus on increasing further opportunities for representation of minorities in the film and television industries. Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Johnson and Ruiz, all serving a co-chairs, plan to add to its congressional membership in the coming weeks.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I joined the Congressional Caucus for Advancement of Studio, Talent (CAST) and Film Diversity with my colleagues, Rep. Hank Johnson and Rep. Raul Ruiz, to initiate a movement that helps create diversity in Hollywood. Minorities are severely under-represented within the film industry and there is room for more faces that accurately represent our nation. It is important for our youth to have role models that they can relate and look up to, serving as inspirations for their future dreams whether to be actors/actresses, directors, or writers. By working together in Congress, we can unite in a bipartisan manner to provide further opportunities to minorities in the film industry.”

Statement by Johnson:

Last year I challenged the Academy to be diverse and inclusive. This year, Oscar nominees were more diverse and that’s good, but the underlying problem has not gone away: Minorities are underrepresented in all key roles in both behind and in front of the camera. The motion picture industry has long been a crucial ally in the fight for justice and served as a long time vehicle to give people a better understanding of other people and cultures around the world. This industry has the potential to break down barriers and stereotypes. The Caucus for Advancement of Studio, Talent, and Film Diversity is going to keep the spotlight on the importance of diversity.” 

Statement by Ruiz:

“When our children and young people see their stories, their communities, their experiences, and their culture portrayed on the screen in a positive light, they are inspired to live their dreams. There’s no better way to fulfill this vision then by increasing the diversity of on camera and off camera roles, so that actors and writers reflect the diverse community who watch their programs. I am honored to co-found the Congressional Caucus for Advancement of Studio, Talent, and Film Diversity to promote diversity in film and television in community across the country.”

 

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Ros-Lehtinen y Serrano Presentan Proyecto de Ley Para Crear Museo Nacional Smithsonian del Latino Americano

2017/06/19

Ros-Lehtinen y Serrano Presentan Proyecto de Ley Para Crear Museo Nacional Smithsonian del Latino Americano

(Washington, DC) – Los Congresistas Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) y José Serrano (D-NY) presentaron HR 2911, para establecer el Museo Nacional Smithsonian del Latino Americano honrando las contribuciones de los Latinos en nuestro país. A través de los esfuerzos bipartidistas en la Cámara de Representantes y en el Senado, este proyecto tiene el fin de identificar un lugar y fuente adecuada de fondos para hacer realidad este museo. El museo también servirá para educar a todas las generaciones en nuestro país que verán el impacto de los Latinos en nuestra nación y como han ayudado a enriquecer a nuestra país.

Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:

“Los Latinos han hecho contribuciones increíbles a nuestra nación en todos los campos y esfuerzos. Estoy uniéndome a mis colegas, el Congresista José Serrano, y los Senadores Bob Menéndez y John Cornyn para ayudar a asegurar que esas contribuciones sean honradas y reconocidas en el Museo Nacional Smithsonian del Latino Americano. Este proyecto de ley es el primer paso para hacer este museo una realidad. Juntos, de manera unida y bipartidista haremos que esto suceda. Como la primera mujer Hispana en servir en la Cámara de la Florida, el Senado de la Florida, y el Congreso, sé que aunque hemos tomado pasos importantes, queda mucho más por hacer y nos corresponde demostrárselo a jóvenes Latinos y Latinas que pueden lograr grandes cosas con esfuerzo y dedicación.”

Declaración de Serrano:

“Los Latinos merecen un lugar en Washington que honra todos sus sacrificios y contribuciones a esta nación desde su fundación. Con esta legislación, estamos un paso más cerca de hacer realidad el museo del Americano Latino identificando sitios potenciales y un mecanismo apropiado para conseguir fondos. Estoy orgulloso de trabajar con la Congresista Ros-Lehtinen, el Senador Menéndez, y el Senador Cornyn en este esfuerzo bipartidista para honrar las contribuciones diversas de los Latinos a nuestra historia americana,” declaro el Congresista Serrano.     

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On House Floor:Ros-Lehtinen Speaks On Her Bill Condemning Persecution Of LGBT People In Chechnya

2017-06-27 21:02:43


On The House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates NATCA On Its 30th Anniversary

2017-06-27 20:57:00


On House Floor:Ros-Lehtinen Calls On Those That Vote Against Venezuelan People To Stop Cowardice

2017-06-27 15:36:08


Ros-Lehtinen on House Floor:Thanks To Camillus House For Tireless Work To Help SoFla's Poor,Homeless

2017-06-26 23:33:53


On The House Floor: Nora Sandigo Children Foundation Provides Homes & Hope To South Florida's Youth

2017-06-22 16:16:48


Congressional Women's Softball Team 2017 Recognized on the House Floor

2017-06-21 20:48:07


On House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Encourage Support For Bill To Help Cancer Patients Defer Student Loans

2017-06-21 16:59:29


On The House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen Recognizes George Logothetis

2017-06-21 12:44:31


Chairman Emeritus Ros Lehtinen Questions Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

2017-06-15 14:24:45


Ros-Lehtinen on House Floor: During LGBT Pride Month We Should Stand Against Anti-LGBT Violence

2017-06-12 23:08:58


Congressional Women's Softball Game Promo

2017-06-08 16:25:41


On House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen Praises Thalia Rodriguez, Student Who Saved Life Of Police Officer

2017-06-07 21:57:14


Ros-Lehtinen en Pleno d Camara:Maduro No Engaña A Nadie Con Asamblea Nacional Constituyente

2017-06-07 15:44:00


On House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Jerusalem's Reunification

2017-06-07 15:00:54


On The House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen Highlights The Work Of Debbie Zelman & Debbie's Dream Foundation

2017-06-07 14:09:48


On House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Speaks On The NICA Act + How It Seeks To Promote Democracy

2017-05-24 21:44:23


On House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Jay Kislak On His 95th Birthday

2017-05-24 16:35:46


Ros-Lehtinen Speaks On House Floor On Pepe Badia's Contributions, Establishment of Scholarship

2017-05-24 16:32:51


Ros-Lehtinen On House Floor: Postpartum Depression Impacts Many Moms. Orgs Can Provide Help

2017-05-24 16:28:26


On The House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen Continues Special Order Commenting On Venezuelan Human Rights

2017-05-24 00:04:54


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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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