House Foreign Affairs Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman
For IMMEDIATE Release – January 3, 2013
As Her Tenure as Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Comes to an End, Ros-Lehtinen Looks Back at Her Foreign Policy Legislative Accomplishments
“I welcome the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as Chairman-designate of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee”
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following statement on her tenure as Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and her foreign policy legislative accomplishments throughout the years. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“It has been an honor and privilege serving as Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. I welcome the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and will proudly continue to serve on the Committee as the Chairman-designate of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee with the same enthusiasm and dedication, keeping in mind the interests of my constituents and the American people. I want to thank all of my fellow Committee Members, staff, and everyone who worked to further and protect our nation’s interests, maximize the returns on our investments, and make the best use of taxpayer funds these past years.”
During Chairman Ros-Lehtinen’s service on the Committee she has been instrumental in drafting and securing the enactment into law legislation targeting rogue regimes and defending human rights. Below is a summary of legislation signed into law:
· 2012 – Ros-Lehtinen authored the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act and led the bicameral, bipartisan negotiations.
· 2011 – Ros-Lehtinen authored a House companion of the Peace Corps Volunteer Service Improvement Act, led House investigations, and led the process with the Senate toward enactment.
· 2010 – Ros-Lehtinen co-authored the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act and was the lead GOP House conferee.
· 2008 & 2012 – Ros-Lehtinen authored the North Korea Human Rights Reauthorization Act.
· 2006 – Ros-Lehtinen authored the Iran Freedom Support Act and led the bicameral, bipartisan negotiations.
· 2006 – Ros-Lehtinen authored the House bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama and led the campaign to secure its support.
· 2006 – Ros-Lehtinen authored the House version of the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act and led the bicameral, bipartisan negotiations.
· 2005 – Iran Nonproliferation Amendments Act. Ros-Lehtinen authored the provisions applying the sanctions to Libya in a separate bill – the Lebanon and Syria Liberation Act. These were later incorporated into the final text of the Iran and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
· 2004 – Ros-Lehtinen authored the provisions regarding the Middle East, terrorist sanctuaries, proliferation and human rights in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.
· 2003 – Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act. Ros-Lehtinen co-authored the bill with Rep. Elliot Engel and led the negotiations with the White House and the Senate on the final language of the legislation.
· 2001 – Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act. Ros-Lehtinen was an original co-sponsor and headed the oversight of implementation of the original Iran and Libya Sanctions Act from 1997-2000 as Chairman of International Economic Policy and Trade Subcommittee.
· 1996 – Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (Helms-Burton). Ros-Lehtinen was involved in drafting the legislation, led the Committee action immediately following the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown where 3 Americans and 1 U.S. citizen were killed by the Cuban regime, and was a House conferee.
NOTE: At the time of this release, H.R. 6649, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2012, which was authored by Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, was passed by the House. The bill has been placed on hold in the Senate awaiting passage.