“As a former Florida certified teacher, I know that the arts play a vital role in the development of our students.”
Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL – 27) will host the 2015 Congressional Art Competition at Miami Senior High on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12pm. Ros-Lehtinen hosts the annual Congressional Art Competition to showcase art from Florida’s 27th Congressional district. The winner of the competition will have the work of art placed in the Capitol complex, runner-ups will have their works of art placed in Ros-Lehtinen’s Washington, DC and Miami offices.
Who: High school students, parents, and faculty from the 27th District of Florida
What: 2015 Congressional Art Competition
When: Saturday, April 25th at 12pm (noon)
Where: Miami Senior High School Media Center (2nd Floor)
2450 SW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33135
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “As a former Florida certified teacher, I know that the arts play a vital role in the development of our students. It’s an honor to see these wonderful works of art from talented high school artists across Miami. Our community is blessed to have so many high school students who go the extra mile to participate in the Congressional Art Competition.”
Cualquier Legislación Sobre Cuba Debe Ser Sustantiva y Tener Efectos Legales Significativos, Dice Ros-Lehtinen
“Retirar a Cuba de la lista de Estados Patrocinadores del Terrorismo no levanta significativamente las sanciones porque muchas de esas sanciones continúan codificadas en la ley.”
(Washington, DC) - La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración tras la decisión del Presidente Obama retirando a Cuba de la lista de Estados Patrocinadores del Terrorismo. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“Mis colegas y yo estamos concentrando nuestros esfuerzos en promover legislación que exija al régimen de Castro rendir cuentas por sus actividades nefastas. Planeamos presentar legislación comprensiva sobre Cuba que asegure que la seguridad nacional de los Estados Unidos sea resguardada y que fomente los derechos humanos en la isla. Retirar a Cuba de la lista de Estados Patrocinadores del Terrorismo no levanta significativamente las sanciones porque muchas de esas sanciones continúan codificadas en la ley.
Una resolución conjunta no habría tenido el efecto práctico de, comprensivamente, bloquear el retiro de Cuba de la lista de Estados Patrocinadores del Terrorismo de toda la legislación aplicable que muchos asumieron que tendría. De los tres estatutos autorizando la designación de Cuba como Estado Patrocinador del Terrorismo, El Arms Control Export Act (AECA) contiene un mecanismo legislativo que autoriza al Congreso a bloquear el retiro de la lista, pero no bajo el Export Administration Act (EAA) o el Foreign Assistance Act que carecen de semejante mecanismo. En su lugar, queremos trabajar para asegurar que cualquier legislación aprobada por el Congreso con respecto a Cuba sea sustantiva y que tenga un efecto legal significativo”
Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch, Dold, Schakowsky, Chabot, and Engel Introduce Resolution Condemning Iran’s Persecution of Baha’is and Human Rights Record
(Washington, DC) – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, was joined by her colleagues, Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, Robert Dold (R-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in introducing a resolution, H. Res. 220, condemning Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenant on Human Rights. The resolution was introduced in conjunction with its Senate companion, sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The state-sponsored persecution of Iran’s Baha’i minority is a disturbing reminder of the Iranian regime’s abysmal human rights record. The Iranian regime does not tolerate dissent and cracks down on anyone who dares to express themselves freely, beating and jailing journalists, political opposition, and ethnic and religious minorities. Baha’is in Iran are frequent targets of a regime who imprisons their leaders, destroys their cemeteries, and has created a systematic culture of discrimination that prevents practitioners from accessing employment, education, and social services.
“Despite the administration’s attempts to brand Rouhani as a moderate and potential ally, executions under this tyrant have increased and the human rights situation has worsened. I am proud to join with my colleagues in the House and Senate in introducing this bipartisan resolution condemning the Iranian regime’s persecution of Baha’is and it should serve as a reminder that we should not be fooled into thinking that the Iranian regime is made up of anyone other than ruthless thugs who will oppress, lie, and kill if they have to in order to stay in power.”Read More
Any Legislation Regarding Cuba Must Be Substantive And Have Significant Legal Effect, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“Removing Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list does not truly lift significant sanctions as many sanctions remain codified in law.”
(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement on the decision not to file a resolution regarding President Obama’s announced removal of Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terror list. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“My colleagues and I are concentrating our efforts on promoting legislation that will hold the Castro regime accountable for its nefarious activities. We plan to file broader legislation regarding Cuba that will help ensure that U.S. national security is protected and that our country continues to advocate for human rights on the island. Removing Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list does not truly lift significant sanctions as many sanctions remain codified in law.
“A joint resolution to repeal would not have the practical effect of comprehensively blocking the de-listing from each applicable law that many assumed it would. Of the three statutes that authorize the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, the Arms Control Export Act (AECA) contains the legislative mechanism for Congress to block a delisting, but not under the Export Administration Act (EAA) nor the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA), which do not contain such a mechanism. Instead, we are working to ensure that any legislation passed through Congress that relates to Cuba is substantive and will have significant legal effect.”Read More
Ros-Lehtinen Praises Foreign Affairs Committee Passage of United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, lauded the passage of H.R. 907, the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, at a markup of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today. Ros-Lehtinen introduced the bill along with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, as well as Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. At the markup, Ros-Lehtinen made the following statement (as prepared for delivery):
“Thank you, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel for holding this markup today. Thanks to your staff as well for working with my staff and Mr. Deutch’s office to bring up H.R. 907, the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015. Ted could not be present at the moment because he has a markup at Judiciary but he wanted me to express on his behalf his strong support for the legislation and his gratitude to the full committee for bringing it forward this morning.
H.R. 907 is a simple, straightforward, common sense bill that not only helps secure U.S. national security interests, but also the security interests of one of our closest allies in the Middle East region, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight against the terror group ISIL and having to deal with the humanitarian crisis that is ongoing as a result of the fighting in in Iraq and Syria, which has caused a great strain on the Kingdom. King Abdullah has been gracious in taking in perhaps over a million refugees who have fled the wrath of ISIL in Iraq and the fallout from the war between Assad, ISIL and other terror groups. He understands that in order to defeat ISIL, more moderate and understanding voices must refute and fight back the radicalized Islam of ISIL and other terror groups and reclaim Islam for those who seek peace, otherwise the fight against these extremists will never end.
And of course, we all know the horror that befell the people of Jordan when ISIL captured, tortured and burned to death a Jordanian fighter pilot. The brutality of these extremists knows no bounds, and neither do their aspirations; They will not cease until they achieve their objective – to establish an Islamic Caliphate – or until they are defeated and destroyed. That is where my bill comes in; Jordan has done a great job taking the fight to ISIL, but the Kingdom needs more resources to bolster their capabilities. The U.S. and Jordan have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding that will guide our assistance to Jordan for the next three years, but what Jordan really needs now is for us to expedite our arms transfers and defense articles to the Kingdom. King Abdullah has stepped up to take a leading role in the fight, but he needs our help and has asked that we expedite some of these transfers so that Jordan has the tools necessary to not only repel ISIL but to take the fight to the terror group and destroy it.
Time is of the essence in the battle against ISIL and we have none to spare. The U.S. must continue to fully support our allies in the region as much as we can and this bill will signal to them that we stand ready to back them in their efforts to take on terror and bring stability to a violence plagued region. I urge my colleagues to support this measure and I yield back the balance of my time.”
Ros-Lehtinen Rechaza Participación del Departamento de Estado en Inseminación de Esposa de Espía Cubano Convicto
(Washington, DC) - La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración tras recibir una respuesta oficial del Buró Federal de Prisiones sobre la inseminación artificial de la esposa del espía cubano convicto Gerardo Hernández. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“La respuesta oficial del Buró Federal de Prisiones confirma por escrito que el Departamento de Estado facilitó la inseminación artificial de la esposa del espía cubano convicto por asesinato, Gerardo Hernández. En la respuesta escrita, se nota que no se conocen instancias previas en que el Buró Federal de Prisiones ha facilitado este tipo de solicitud. Es vergonzoso observar que el Departamento de Estado realice este tipo de trámites para asesinos convictos asociados con países en los cuales los más fundamentales derechos humanos son violados diariamente. Es claro que nuestra administración continúa otorgando concesiones al régimen de los Castro con tal de adquirir titulares en la prensa y no para otorgar beneficios al pueblo cubano que sigue sometido al yugo de una tiranía comunista.”
NOTA: La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen junto al Congresista Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) escribieron al Departamento de Justicia una carta en Febrero de 2015 solicitando explicaciones sobre el trámite de la inseminación artificial de la esposa de Gerardo Hernández. Para leer la respuesta del Buró Federal de Prisiones haga click aquí.
Luchando a Favor de los Contribuyentes en el Sur de la Florida, Ros-Lehtinen Apoya Importantes Proyectos de Ley Para Responsabilizar al IRS
“Los residentes del Sur de la Florida tienen derecho a ser tratados de manera justa y profesional cada vez que contactan al IRS.”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL – 27) anunció su apoyo a varios proyectos de ley para responsabilizar al Servicio de Rentas Internas (conocido por sus siglas en inglés, IRS) y asegurar que la agencia sea más transparente en sus interacciones con los contribuyentes. Ros-Lehtinen tiene un largo expediente apoyando el tratamiento justo de los contribuyentes para asegurar que el proceso de impuestos no tenga elementos políticos.
Los proyectos de ley son:
“Los residentes del Sur de la Florida tienen el derecho a ser tratados de manera justa y profesional cada vez que contactan al IRS. Este proceso que causa tensión es a veces innecesariamente complicado por fastidiosos procesos. Todos deben de estar confiados que las determinaciones sobre sus impuestos están hechas sin ningún interés político en mente y que hay recursos cuando estén en desacuerdo con su estatus de impuesto.”Read More
Fighting for South Florida Taxpayers, Ros-Lehtinen Supports Important Bills to Hold the IRS Accountable
“South Floridians have the right to be treated fairly and professionally in every interaction with the IRS.”
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL – 27) announced her support of several bills which would hold the IRS accountable and ensure the agency is more transparent in its dealings with taxpayers. Ros-Lehtinen has long supported equitable treatment of taxpayers in order to ensure the tax process is free of politics. The bills are:
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“South Floridians have the right to be treated fairly and professionally in every interaction with the IRS. This stressful process is sometimes needlessly exacerbated by cumbersome processes. All Americans should be confident that their tax determination will be made without any political agenda in mind and that they have somewhere to turn in cases they dispute their tax status.”
With Al-Qaeda and ISIL Taking Advantage of Chaos in Yemen, U.S. Must Do More to Restore Stability or Risk Yemen Becoming the Next Syria
“I commend the Gulf countries – the GCC countries – for taking a strong stance against Iran and stepping up to the plate in Yemen”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement at a subcommittee hearing entitled, “Yemen Under Attack by Iranian-Backed Houthis.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“On September 10th of last year, President Obama announced to the American public his plan to degrade and destroy the terrorist group ISIL. While making his case for America’s role in the fight against ISIL, the President highlighted our strategy in Yemen and held it up as a model of success to be emulated in the fight against ISIL. Yet, about a week later, the Iran-backed Houthis seized control of the capital and the government.
Despite this, the administration continued to hail our counterterror operations in Yemen as a model for success, even though we effectively had no partner on the ground since President Hadi was forced to flee. But perhaps even more astonishingly – in what can only be described as alarmingly tone-deaf and shortsighted – when Press Secretary Earnest was asked at a press briefing if this model was still successful after the Yemeni central government collapsed and the U.S. withdrew all of its personnel, including all Special Forces, he said yes, despite all indications pointing to the contrary.
So where do we stand now? That’s the important question. President Hadi was forced to flee, and Saudi Arabia has led a coalition of over ten Arab nations in Operation Decisive Storm, which so far has consisted of air strikes only, but very well could include ground forces in the near future; Iran feels emboldened in Yemen because of the leverage it has gained over the administration through the nuclear negotiations, but I commend the Gulf countries – the GCC countries – for taking a strong stance against Iran and stepping up to the plate in Yemen.
Despite their action, the Houthis actually control more territory now than they did before the Saudi response; Our embassy is closed, our personnel have been evacuated, and there is no Hadi government to speak of; And al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, has taken advantage of the fighting and has capitalized on the deteriorating situation in Yemen, and we have very little visibility into the movements or their actions.
I am concerned that AQAP, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has gained ground in eastern Yemen and has been left virtually unchecked to recruit and train. Let’s not forget that it was AQAP that was responsible for the Paris attacks earlier this year, or that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was responsible for overtaking a prison last month and releasing several hundreds of prisoners, including a senior-level operative of al-Qaeda. AQAP’s leader is a follower of Bin Laden, and like Bin Laden, also seeks to strike Western targets, including here in our homeland in the United States.
Iran has reportedly dispatched a naval destroyer near Yemen in a game of chicken over one of the most important shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden. This area is a gateway between Europe and the Middle East, and Iran must not be allowed to escalate any tensions nor attempt to disrupt the shipping lanes.
Yet we continue to see the administration make the same mistakes it made in Syria. And just like in Syria - today Yemen is in utter chaos in large part due to Iran’s antagonism and meddling. But we must learn our lesson from Syria and engage in the Yemen crisis head on with a comprehensive strategy before it spirals further out of control.
There will be no political solution in Yemen based on the GCC Initiative or restarting the National Dialogue Conference that collapsed in early 2014 without addressing the underlying issues. The Houthis were reluctant participants in the National Dialogue in Yemen, but it was clear that they had no interest in ceding power over to a centralized government. As a result, they withdrew from the National Dialogue, it collapsed, and the Houthis took control over Sana’a and now other areas. So why would the administration think that the circumstances have changed that would allow for a reconciliation to occur?
It’s naïve and dangerous to believe that a political solution is achievable as long as the Houthis are unwilling to cede their power and as long as Iran continues its support for these fighters, just as it is naïve and dangerous to believe a political solution in Syria is achievable as long as Assad remains in power. Even more absurd is the fact that Iran – just this morning - has allegedly proposed a peace plan for Yemen. This is the same Iran that continues to use its terrorism tentacles throughout the region to undermine U.S. interests and by supplying arms and fighters aimed to further destabilize its neighboring countries.
So today we hope to hear from the administration that we have a comprehensive plan on how to get to a political solution, rather than just supporting a reconciliation process, while also addressing the current gap in our intelligence and counterterror capabilities in Yemen as well as the deteriorating humanitarian situation. Because if we act in Yemen in the same way we have acted in Syria, then we are likely going to see the same crisis follow in Yemen – a war with no end in sight; the rise of dangerous terror groups; a dire humanitarian crisis; and Iran’s increased power grab in the region.”Read More
2206 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
I am proud to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District, a diverse area which includes Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Hialeah, Key Biscayne, Little Havana, Miami, Pinecrest, South Miami, and Westchester.
I was born in Havana, Cuba on July 1952. At the age of eight, my family and I were forced to flee from the oppressive communist regime of Fidel Castro. We settled in Miami and put down permanent roots in our community. I attended Southside Elementary School in Little Havana, West Miami Junior High, and Southwest High School. In the years following, I earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1972, Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Florida International University in 1975 and 1985 respectively, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami in 2004. I consider education a lifelong journey.
I began my career as a Florida certified teacher. I also founded and served as the principal and teacher of a private bilingual elementary school in Hialeah. I was inspired to enter public service by many of the parents and students; to fight on their behalf for a stronger educational system, lower taxes, and a brighter economic future.
In 1982 I was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives and the Florida Senate in 1986, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in either body. In the state legislature I authored the Florida Prepaid College Plan, which is now the largest pre paid college tuition program in the nation. More than one million Florida families have used this program to send their children to college.
I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1989– the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress–following a special election to fill the seat held by the late Claude Pepper. I have been strongly returned to Congress since, winning 60% of the vote in 2012.
To this day, I remain committed to improving the lives of my constituents and our beautiful South Florida community. As the economy remains a pressing issue, I support reducing taxes and cutting back unnecessary government spending. I also support plans to balance the federal budget and increase tax incentives for small businesses and middle class families. South Florida has also felt the devastating effects of the housing crisis. I have fought to end predatory lending practices by mortgage companies and extend the first time homebuyers tax credit.
Given my background in education, I have worked to strengthen the Head Start program. I have also supported legislation to increase the availability to student financial aid and revise the cumbersome and complicated Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
I am a strong advocate of programs that address the serious problem of domestic violence against women. I was a lead sponsor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which increases resources towards the prosecution of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. I also support legislation to increase criminal penalties for perpetrators of Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud is a deplorable practice which robs hardworking seniors of the benefits they spent a lifetime earning, while also wasting billions in taxpayer dollars.
As the wife of a Vietnam veteran and step-mother to Marine aviators, I am passionate about improving our nation’s military, safeguarding veteran’s health care, and ensuring that returning veterans have access to a college education. I have been an outspoken critic of the Miami VA’s recent failures to notify veterans who were at risk of infection, due to contaminated colonoscopy equipment. I also authored legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). These women pioneers had been denied recognition for their service during World War II.
I am Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and am now Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In this role, I continue to voice my strong support for the state of Israel and human rights, including my opposition to Castro’s dictatorial regime in Cuba. I have also led on pressing foreign policy issues including the fight against Islamist extremism, and support of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.
I also serve as a member of the House Committee on Rules. This Committee decides what legislation makes it to the House floor and its members are chosen by the Speaker of the House. My priorities as a member of this Committee is to get our nation’s economy back on track and ensure passage of legislation that betters the state of our nation.
I am the proud wife to Dexter Lehtinen, mother and step-mother to 4 adult children, and grandmother to two beautiful baby girls – Morgan Elizabeth and Caroline Grace.
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