Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Maduro’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly Vote

2017/07/30

Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Maduro’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly Vote

“The United States will continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and the rightful leaders of the National Assembly, not with the oppressors in Caracas who are denying human rights and undermining democratic principles at all costs.”

(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 regarding the Maduro regime’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly vote on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Statement from Ros-Lehtinen:

“The Maduro regime’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly fraudulent election is a power grab designed to circumvent the National Assembly and only reaffirms an unconstitutional interruption of the democratic order in Venezuela. Maduro, with the help of Cuba’s military and security services, has injured, beaten, jailed, and killed the people of Venezuela who are only seeking freedom, justice, and the respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Moving forward, the United States must take more definitive action. First, I welcome the decision by the White House not to recognize the results of these sham elections and I commend Mexico, Colombia, and Panama for agreeing not to recognize the results either. Second, U.S. should continue sanctioning individuals in Maduro’s inner circle but should also expand sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector and PDVSA who is used by the regime to carryout human rights abuses and incite violence. While the people of Venezuela are without food and medicine, Maduro’s cronies are filling their coffers, evidenced by the hundreds of millions of dollars that have already been blocked by the U.S. Treasury Department this year. Third, the U.S. should prohibit the use of our financial system to be used to provide an economic lifeline to Maduro and his cronies.”

“The United States will continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and the rightful leaders of the National Assembly, not with the oppressors in Caracas who are denying human rights and undermining democratic principles at all costs.”  

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Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen sobre el voto ilegítimo de la Asamblea Constituyente de Maduro

2017/07/30

Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen sobre el voto ilegítimo de la Asamblea Constituyente de Maduro

“Los Estados Unidos seguirá en solidaridad con el pueblo de Venezuela y con los líderes legítimos de la Asamblea Nacional, no con los opresores de Caracas que niegan los derechos humanos y socavan los principios democráticos a toda costa."

(Washington, DC) - La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y Africa del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración sobre el voto ilegitimo de la Asamblea Constituyente de Maduro este domingo, Julio 30 del 2017.

Declaracion de Ros-Lehtinen:

“La elección fraudulenta de la Asamblea Constituyente ilegítima del régimen de Maduro es una toma de poder diseñada para eludir la Asamblea Nacional y sólo reafirma la interrupción inconstitucional del orden democrático en Venezuela. Maduro, con la ayuda de los servicios militares y de seguridad de Cuba, ha herido, golpeado, encarcelado y asesinado al pueblo de Venezuela que sólo busca la libertad, la justicia y el respeto a los derechos humanos y al estado de derecho.

Avanzando, los Estados Unidos debe tomar medidas mas definitivas. En primer lugar, acojo con satisfacción la decisión de la Casa Blanca de no reconocer los resultados de estas falsas elecciones y encomiendo a México, Colombia y Panamá por aceptar no reconocer los resultados. En segundo lugar, Estados Unidos debe continuar sancionando a individuos en el círculo íntimo de Maduro, pero también debe ampliar las sanciones contra el sector petrolero de Venezuela y PDVSA, que es utilizado por el régimen para violar los derechos humanos e incitar a la violencia. Mientras que el pueblo de Venezuela carece de alimentos y medicinas, los compinches de Maduro están llenando sus arcas, evidenciadas por los cientos de millones de dólares que ya han sido bloqueados por el Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos este año. En tercer lugar, los Estados Unidos debe prohibir que nuestro sistema financiero sea utilizado para proporcionar un salvavidas económico a Maduro y a sus compinches.”

“Estados Unidos seguirá en solidaridad con el pueblo de Venezuela y con los líderes legítimos de la Asamblea Nacional, no con los opresores de Caracas que niegan los derechos humanos y socavan los principios democráticos a toda costa.”

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El Proyecto de ley de Ros-Lehtinen y Sires apoyando a los derechos humanos en Nicaragua aprobado por el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores en la Cámara

2017/07/27

El Proyecto de ley de Ros-Lehtinen y Sires apoyando a los derechos humanos en Nicaragua aprobado por el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores en la Cámara

(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Presidenta emérita del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y el Congresista Albio Sires (D-NJ), Vicepresidente del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hicieron la siguiente declaración hoy después de que H.R. 1918, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017, fue unánimemente aprobada por el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara por voto de voz.

“La Ley NICA, que ya goza de un apoyo bipartidista tremendo, es un proyecto de ley importante y necesario que ayudará al pueblo nicaragüense en su lucha por los derechos humanos, estado de derecho, y un sistema electoral libre, justo y transparente. El Congreso ha implementado condiciones similares para apoyar los pueblos de Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador, y los Estados Unidos debe hacer lo mismo con el pueblo nicaragüense mientras continúan pidiendo la libertad y la democracia. Aplaudimos al Comité de Asuntos Exteriores por la aprobación de la Ley NICA y esperamos su consideración en la Cámara de Representantes mientras trabajamos para asegurar que esta legislación se convierta en ley."

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Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Bill to Support Nicaraguan Human Rights Secures Passage in House Foreign Affairs Committee

2017/07/27

Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Bill to Support Nicaraguan Human Rights Secures Passage in House Foreign Affairs Committee

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, made the following statement today after H.R. 1918, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017, was unanimously passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by voice vote.

“Already enjoying tremendous bipartisan support, the NICA Act is an important and necessary bill that would assist the Nicaraguan people in their fight for human rights, the rule of law, and a free, fair, and transparent electoral system. Congress has implemented similar conditions in order to support the people of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, and the United States must do the same for the Nicaraguan people as they continue to seek freedom and democracy. We applaud the Foreign Affairs Committee for its passage of the NICA Act and look forward to its consideration on the House Floor as we work to ensure this bill becomes law.”

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House Unanimously Passes Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Demanding Iran’s Unconditional Release of All American Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents

2017/07/26

House Unanimously Passes Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Demanding Iran’s Unconditional Release of All American Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement on the House floor in support her resolution, H.Res. 317 - Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was joined by U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (R-FL) in authoring the resolution. The House passed H.Res. 317 unanimously by voice vote. Ros-Lehtinen’s full statement (as prepared):

“Thank you, Chairman Royce, for helping bring House Resolution 317 to the floor today and for your tireless efforts to hold the Iranian regime accountable for all of its illicit activity, including the taking of American citizens and legal permanent residents as hostages. I also want to thank Ranking Member Engel, for his unwavering support. And of course, I want to thank Nita Lowey, Judge Poe and my South Florida colleague and friend, Ted Deutch, for joining me in authoring and introducing this resolution. This resolution is important for all of us, but for Ted, I know this is also very personal, as his constituent, Bob Levinson, continues to be held by Iran 10 years after his disappearance.

Mr. Speaker, just yesterday, Ted and I convened a hearing in our Middle East and North Africa subcommittee with some of the family members named in this resolution.

Doug Levinson – Bob’s youngest child; Babak Namazi – son of Baquer and brother of Siamak; and, Omar Zakkah – son of Nizar. All three testified before our subcommittee. Their stories were moving and heartbreaking – each one, along with their families, forced to live in their own personal hell.

In Doug Levinson’s case, Mr. Speaker, we saw photos, emails and even video of his father, who after more than 10 years, is this nation’s longest held hostage in our history. We heard how Iran has repeatedly failed to live up to its promise to assist in Bob’s case and help return him to his loved ones, including his 5 grandchildren Bob has yet to meet.

We heard Omar plead for his father’s life, as Nizar is now one month into his 5th hunger strike – only this time, Nizar has vowed that there is no turning back. Nizar said he will continue with his hunger strike for himself and the others unjustly held by Iran, stating ‘it is liberty or death…there is no turning back.’ Can you imagine, Mr. Speaker, being 19 years old and hearing your father say he is willing to die in Iran in the pursuit of truth and justice?

We also heard Babak distress over the health of his father and his brother. Mr. Namazi’s father has lost more than 30 pounds in Iran’s notorious prisons. He is 81 years old and suffers from a severe heart condition – he had to be hospitalized twice in the last few months. Babak fears that his father’s physical and mental condition is rapidly deteriorating. And his brother, he fears, has given up hope because of the horrific conditions he is being held under – kept in isolation and mentally and physically abused. How horrifying and heartbreaking.

And though we heard the sorrow in their voices, Mr. Speaker, we also heard defiance and determination. Defiance to accept the Iranian regime’s absurd claims against Bob, Baquer, Siamak and Nizar. Defiance to accept that their fates are sealed – that there is nothing more that can be done; And defiance to remain silent as their loved ones suffer under the terror regime in Tehran. And we saw their determination, as each of the witnesses before us yesterday vowed that their fight is not nearly over.

They remain determined that they can force the return of their loved ones. And they looked to us, Mr. Speaker, to use our positions as Members of the United States House of Representatives, to pressure the Iranian regime to release all American citizens and American legal permanent residents unconditionally. They looked to us to demand that Iran be held accountable for its tactic of taking our people hostage in order to exact financial or political concessions. They looked to us to stand up and decry this practice for what it is – morally, ethically and legally wrong.

That is why Nita, Ted and Judge Poe and I introduced this resolution before us today and that is why Ted and I convened our hearing yesterday. And that is why I urge my colleagues to stand in solidarity with us and demand that Iran release all American citizens and legal permanent residents it is holding for hostage immediately and unconditionally.

I hope our colleagues will stand with us, and I hope that this sends a strong message to Iran that this practice will not be tolerated. And I hope that this sends a strong message to our own administration that Congress is heavily invested in the fate of Americans being held by Iran, and we demand action to win their unconditional and immediate release.

And with that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”

 

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U.S. Must Push for Changes in Qatari Behavior; Rift is Opportunity to Address Terror Financing throughout Region, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2017/07/26

U.S. Must Push for Changes in Qatari Behavior; Rift is Opportunity to Address Terror Financing throughout Region, Says Ros-Lehtinen

(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 today at a subcommittee hearing entitled, “Assessing the U.S.-Qatar Relationship.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Last month, this subcommittee convened a hearing on the challenges and opportunities for the United States-Saudi Arabia bilateral relationship. Today we focus on the U.S.-Qatar relationship, and Qatar’s relationship with its neighbors. I think it’s important to note that this rift in the Gulf is not new. Katherine Bauer, a former senior level official at the Treasury Department stated earlier this month at a think tank event: “Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sought for years to kind of galvanize Qatar’s action against the terrorist financiers that were operating and continue to operate in Qatar.”

Qatar has been known to be a permissive environment for terror financing, reportedly funding U.S. designated foreign terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, as well as several extremist groups operating in Syria. In 2014, the former Deputy Director of the CIA David Cohen called out Qatar publicly, along with the Kuwaitis, because according to him the “private engagement with those countries had not achieved what we were trying to achieve.” In fact, Qatar has openly housed Hamas leaders, Taliban leaders, and has several individuals who have been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department and it has failed to prosecute them.

At least one high-ranking Qatari official provided support to the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks against our country, Khalid Shaykh Mohammad. Then of course, there is Khalifa Mohammad who is a U.S., EU and UN-designated international terrorist, for his role in financing al-Qaeda and a 9/11 mastermind. In 2008, he was tried and convicted in absentia by Bahrain for his terrorist activity and arrested later that year by Qatar, only to be released by the Qataris six months later and then openly financed by Doha. Can anyone guess what Khalifa Mohammad has been up to these days? He was implicated in terror-financing activities in 2012, but more recently, he has been alleged to be financing and supporting terror in both Iraq and Syria, with no response from the Qatari government. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal also made Doha his headquarters for years with the Qatari government’s support and even the Muslim Brotherhood has received significant support from Qatar.

Of course, not all of this is supported by the government in Doha. Many individuals and charities in Qatar have been known to raise large sums of money for al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, Hamas and even ISIS. In Qatar there are three buckets: terror financing by the government, terror financing done in Qatar through their own citizens that the government may not know about, and terror financing in Qatar that the government knows about, but does nothing to stop. According to the 2015 Country Reports on Terrorism, the State Department stated that “entities and individuals within Qatar continue to serve as a source of financial support for terrorist and violent extremist groups, particularly regional Al Qa'ida affiliates such as the Nusrah Front.”

There is no excuse for openly harboring terrorists and supporting groups that seek to harm our allies. And the excuse by Qatar that it is harboring these nefarious actors because the U.S. asked them to no longer stands up. Qatar should not be continuing this reckless policy due to past mistakes from previous Republican and Democrat administrations. We must not allow for our air base to be used as a means to justify this sort of behavior and our lack of a more appropriate response. Doha’s behavior must change the status quo, and if it does not, it risks losing our cooperation on the air base.

The truth of the matter is that none of the Gulf countries – none of the Gulf countries – are without their issues. All of the nations have been involved in funding different groups at some point that we would not approve of. But it seems like Saudi Arabia and the UAE are making progress at a faster rate while Qatar is making some progress but it is still lagging slowly behind. According to the Congressional Research Service, “in October 2016, Daniel Glaser, then Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, told a Washington, DC research institute that, over the past decade, Qatar had made less progress in countering terrorism financing than had Saudi Arabia.”

We must analyze the totality of our relationships with these Gulf countries. While Qatar only helps to facilitate our operations at our airbase, the UAE for example has spent 12 years with us fighting alongside in Afghanistan and has been involved in counter terrorism operations with the U.S. in Libya. So moving forward, one outcome that I hope comes out of this dispute is for the Gulf countries to work closely with our Treasury Department’s Financial Action Task Force to root out and disrupt terror financing streams. This uneasy time may just be an opportunity for us to take a long hard look at how – and for some, if – we can effectively address and stop terror financing in the region and ultimately defeat the extremism that threatens the security of us all.”

 

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Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen sobre el anuncio de una nueva ronda de sanciones contra funcionarios de Maduro en Venezuela

2017/07/26

Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen sobre el anuncio de una nueva ronda de sanciones contra funcionarios de Maduro en Venezuela

"Los Estados Unidos y las naciones responsables deben trabajar juntos para presionar a Maduro para que cancele la asamblea constituyente y se niegue a reconocerla e imponer severas consecuencias".

Miami, Florida - La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración sobre las nuevas sanciones dirigidas contra 13 funcionarios venezolanos.

Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:

"Apoyo esta última ronda de sanciones dirigidas contra funcionarios vinculados al ejército venezolano, la guardia nacional, la policía nacional, PDVSA e individuos involucrados en la asamblea constitucional anticonstitucional orquestada por Maduro. Esta debería ser otra advertencia clara para aquellos que cooperan con Maduro en que los Estados Unidos están observando muy de cerca el deterioro de la situación en Venezuela. Los Estados Unidos podrá imponer sanciones adicionales contra quienes cometan abusos contra los derechos humanos o contra el narcotráfico y la corrupción.

"Asegurando que quienes violan los derechos humanos de los venezolanos no puedan ingresar a los Estados Unidos o acceder a su dinero y propiedades en nuestro país enviara un claro mensaje de que no toleraremos los continuos abusos que se están produciendo en Venezuela. Nuestra nación debe seguir apoyando al pueblo de Venezuela en su lucha por la libertad y el fin de la constitución ilegítima propuesta por el infame régimen de Maduro. Los Estados Unidos y las naciones responsables deben trabajar juntos para presionar a Maduro para que cancele la asamblea constituyente y se niegue a reconocerla e imponer severas consecuencias".

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Ros-Lehtinen Statement Regarding Announcement Of New Round of Sanctions Against Maduro Officials in Venezuela

2017/07/26

Ros-Lehtinen Statement Regarding Announcement Of New Round of Sanctions Against Maduro Officials in Venezuela

“The United States and responsible nations need to work together to pressure Maduro to cancel the constituent assembly and refuse to recognize it and impose severe consequences should it move forward.”

Miami, Florida - 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 latest targeted sanctions against 13 Venezuelan officials. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: 

“I welcome the latest round of targeted sanctions against officials tied to the Venezuelan army, national guard, national police, PDVSA, and individuals involved in the unconstitutional constituent assembly orchestrated by Maduro. This should be another loud and clear warning to those cooperating with Maduro that the U.S. is watching the deteriorating situation in Venezuela extremely closely. The U.S. can and will impose additional sanctions against those committing human right abuses or who are engaged in drug trafficking and corruption.

“By ensuring that those who violate the human rights of Venezuelans are not able to enter the United States or access their money and properties in our country we send a powerful message that we will not tolerate the continued abuses happening in Venezuela. Our nation must continue to stand by the people of Venezuela as they fight for freedom and an end to the illegal constituent assembly proposed by the feckless Maduro regime. The United States and responsible nations need to work together to pressure Maduro to cancel the constituent assembly and refuse to recognize it and impose severe consequences should it move forward.”

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Ros-Lehtinen: Iran’s Hostage Taking is Morally, Ethically, and Legally Wrong; Administration and Congress Must Intensify Efforts to Secure Unconditional Release of Americans Held in Iran

2017/07/25

Ros-Lehtinen: Iran’s Hostage Taking is Morally, Ethically, and Legally Wrong; Administration and Congress Must Intensify Efforts to Secure Unconditional Release of Americans Held in Iran

(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 today at a subcommittee hearing entitled, “Held for Ransom: The Families of Iran’s Hostages Speak Out.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“On behalf of the Ranking Member and me, we wish that it was not necessary to conduct this hearing today. However, we believe that it is important to continue to elevate this matter as much as we can to ensure that we continue to advocate on behalf of U.S. citizens being unjustly held in Iran and ask questions about what our government is doing to get your family members back home.

Our witnesses today represent the families of four American hostages in Iran: Bob Levinson, a former U.S. government employee and public servant for 33 years – we have his photo and a poster – including at both the FBI and the DEA, and a constituent of our Ranking Member. And Mr. Levinson was last seen on March 9th, 2007. Siamak Namazi, a businessman who graduated from Tufts and Rutgers Universities, who founded a consulting firm focused on the risk of doing business in Iran, and who was detained on October 15, 2015. His father, Baquer Namazi, a former Representative of the UN Children’s Fund, who was detained on February 22, 2016 while trying to look into his son’s case. And Nizar Zakka, an information, communications, and technology development expert, who was detained on September 18, 2015. In addition to these four men, we are aware of at least four other Americans being held in Iran, including three who were arrested last year and one who was detained just earlier this month.

It is no easy task to testify before Congress – even more so when it’s about a family member who is suffering and has been taken from you – and I know I speak on behalf of all members when I say that we are deeply appreciative of the witnesses appearing before us today. My heart broke as I read each one of your testimonies – the love and the pride that you have for your family members was so clearly evident – and I want you to know that all of us here are committed to doing everything in our power to get your loved ones home safely.

This is, unfortunately, the second time in the last three years that our committee has held a hearing on Iran’s hostages, as we welcomed the Levinson family last time as well as three witnesses whose family members were eventually released as part of the nuclear deal with Iran known as the JCPOA. Iran’s taking of hostages in exchange for political or financial concessions is – by any definition – morally and ethically abhorrent, and completely outside the scope of international legal norms. I know that both the current and past administration have wanted to bring these Americans home, and they’ve tried hard to find a solution when dealing with a regime that does not respect human rights, or decency, or the rule of law. But it is not enough.

Without additional pressure on the Iranian regime, and without a significant step up in the efforts of both the White House and the State Department, Iran will undoubtedly not only continue detaining those held today but will take even more hostages in the future. The State Department and other relevant agencies must also intensify their efforts to keep in contact with the families of those being held every step of the way. Despite revisions to U.S. hostage policy in 2015, including the creation of a Family Engagement Coordinator, we continue to hear too many stories about the U.S. government not keeping the families in the loop. The Hostage Response Group and the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell were also good steps forward and have had some successes, but we continue to see too many Americans being held for too long.

Later this week, a resolution that I am proud to be leading with Ranking Member Deutch will be on the House Floor. It calls for Iran’s unconditional release of Bob, Siamak, Baquer, and Nizar, as well as any other U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or foreign national, and urges the President to make their release the highest of priorities. And I have no doubt that it will pass overwhelmingly. But we need to see additional pressure and additional sanctions – specifically against the Iranian individuals and entities responsible for detaining those family members, for taking hostages as a matter of policy, and for committing increasingly gross human rights abuses – so that Iran is finally forced to change its behavior and these Americans are released and brought home. We need to see an intense, concerted effort from both Congress and this administration because this is a problem that is not going away on its own.”

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Bipartisan Letter to Admin on Constituent Assembly

2017/07/18


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Ros-Lehtinen Questions Admin Officials on Presidents FY18 Budget Request for the Western Hemisphere

2017-08-03 18:13:05


Ros-Lehtinen on CBS Miami: Maduro's Constituent Assembly Vote is a Sham and a Fraud

2017-07-31 19:55:37


Ros-Lehtinen Questions Admin Officials on Presidents FY18 Budget Request for the MENA Region

2017-07-27 13:45:51


Chairman Ros-Lehtinen's Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S.-Qatar Relationship

2017-07-26 23:48:19


On the House Floor: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Sponsors Bill to Hold Iran Accountable for American Hostages

2017-07-26 23:05:36


On the House Floor: Congratulated U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Miguel Santiesteban on Promotion to Commander

2017-07-26 21:28:18


Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Habla con CNN en Espanol sobre la Necesidad de un Poyecto de Salud Bipartidista

2017-07-26 18:00:53


On the House Floor: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Discusses the Impact of Ocean Acidification

2017-07-26 17:32:01


On the House Floor: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Introduces the Care Corps Demonstration Act

2017-07-25 20:12:13


On the House Floor: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Honors the Log Cabin Republicans on Its 40 year Anniversary

2017-07-25 16:31:48


Cong. Ros-Lehtinen con Marilys Llanos en Telemundo: Ha Sido el Honor de Mi Vida Servir la Comunidad

2017-07-23 19:00:49


En Enfoque Politico: Congresista Ros-Lehtinen Dice que Tenemos que Apoyar al Pueblo de Venezuela

2017-07-23 18:56:02


Congresista Ros-Lehtinen en Telemundo: Necesitamos un Plan de Salud que Ayuda a Nuestra Comunidad

2017-07-23 18:40:17


Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Legislative Director Gabriella Boffelli on CHLI Vermillion Award

2017-07-20 19:02:49


On the House Floor: Ros-Lehtinen honors Florida Congresswoman Carrie Meek

2017-07-19 16:33:33


On The House Floor, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Praises United Way Miami CEO Harve Mogul For His Service

2017-07-19 17:06:30


On House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Honors Victims of AMIA Bombing And Says We Must Hold Iran Accountable

2017-07-18 15:51:10


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Commends Constituent For Work To Restore Homes In Ecuador

2017-07-18 14:50:46


On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Commemorates Captive Nations Week

2017-07-18 14:48:52


Ros-Lehtinen on WSVN/Fox: Venezuelans Rejected the Cynical Ploy of Maduro

2017-07-18 01:02:54


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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.


Serving With

Matt Gaetz

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Neal Dunn

FLORIDA's 2nd DISTRICT

Ted Yoho

FLORIDA's 3rd DISTRICT

John Rutherford

FLORIDA's 4th DISTRICT

Ron DeSantis

FLORIDA's 6th DISTRICT

Bill Posey

FLORIDA's 8th DISTRICT

Daniel Webster

FLORIDA's 10th DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

FLORIDA's 12th DISTRICT

Dennis Ross

FLORIDA's 15th DISTRICT

Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

Tom Rooney

FLORIDA's 17th DISTRICT

Brian Mast

FLORIDA's 18th DISTRICT

Francis Rooney

FLORIDA's 19th DISTRICT

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Carlos Curbelo

FLORIDA's 26th DISTRICT

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