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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 27, Republican
First Elected: 08/29/1989
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 27
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Dexter; 2 Children: Amanda, Patricia; 2 Stepchildren: Douglas, Katherine
Birth Date: 07/15/1952
Birth Place: Havana, Cuba
Home City: Miami, FL
Religion: Episcopalian
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Applauds Passage Of The Protect Life Act: "It Will Prevent Taxpayer Dollars From Funding Abortions". 13 October 2011. "I am pleased that that the House passed this important pro-life legislation. The American people have made it clear that they do not want their taxpayer dollars used to fund abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "We must protect the sanctity of an innocent human life, we must stand behind the rights of the unborn, and we must prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Honoring Pope John Paul II. 12 April 2005. "And as a wife and as a mother of two teenage daughters, I also seek to defend and protect the sanctity of an innocent human life" (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Commemorating the 184th Birthday of Susan B. Anthony. 24 March 2004. "So as we honor Susan B. Anthony, as a pro-life feminist and suffragist, I ask my colleagues to remember those who have fought to respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. CNN Crossfire “ Transcript. 31 August 2004. "I'm pro-life [¦] I'm for human rights." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Abortion. 13 April 2005. "Mr. Speaker, in a country that espouses the importance of protecting the inherent rights of every person, abortion denies the rights of our most innocent and vulnerable members, our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Fights For Protections For Doctors Who Refuse To Perform Abortions. 3 November 2011. "In light of two recent reports detailing discrimination against pro-life entities and persons, it is critical that Congress guarantees conscientious protections for healthcare facilities and workers who believe in the sanctity of an innocent human life." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a rating of 50 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 62 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of Peace Action West 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Reacts to Foreign Policy Portions of State of the Union; Discusses Afghanistan, Iran, Human Rights, Free Trade. 25 June 2011. "Our men and women in uniform, through unparalleled bravery and heroism, continue to achieve victories and successes in Iraq and Afghanistan which are making our nation safer. I fully support the ongoing efforts of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Importance of Afghanistan Mission. 22 June 2011. "While I understand the public's concern about the cost of the Afghan war in blood and treasure, as well as the frustration of my constituents who tell me that it is long past time for the Afghans to take more responsibility for their future, I believe that successfully completing our mission in Afghanistan is vital to our immediate and long-term national security interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Peace Action 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "Three thousand people died on September 11 because we walked away once from Afghanistan, thinking that it didn't matter who controlled that country. We were wrong then. Let us not make the same mistake twice. Completing our mission in Afghanistan is essential to keeping our homeland safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Global War on Terror. 7 November 2005. "As a nation whose recent history has been marked more by war than by peace, more by upheaval than by progress, Afghanistan's transition to democracy has also been nothing short of miraculous [¦] In liberating the Afghan people, we brought an end to the deplorable human rights violations under the Taliban regime [¦] Today, the Afghan people are determined to take steps to ensure Afghanistan's survival as a free and democratic nation. We are on the road to victory, and the selfless dedication of our men and women in uniform should always be congratulated." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Invites Public to Submit Questions for Secretary Clinton. 24 October 2011. "A stable and secure Afghanistan governed by legitimate democratic leaders that will deny Islamist militants a safe-haven from which to operate, and the future of the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, both weigh heavily on U.S. national security interests." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Issue Position: Taxes. 11 November 2011. "Necessary spending for improving the quality of education, health care services, national defense, and veterans' benefits may be partially achieved by eliminating wasteful and unnecessary spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Importance of Afghanistan Mission. 22 June 2011. "While I understand the public's concern about the cost of the Afghan war in blood and treasure, as well as the frustration of my constituents who tell me that it is long past time for the Afghans to take more responsibility for their future, I believe that successfully completing our mission in Afghanistan is vital to our immediate and long-term national security interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. War on Terror and Budget Request. 8 February 2006. "I am pleased that the President's budget submitted to Congress this week provides more funding for the protection of our troops overseas. The budget also provides the necessary funds to win the war on terror and enables our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to defeat the enemy and protect our liberties. The budget calls for funding that will help our military transform itself to face current and emerging challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Letter: To The Honorable Barack Obama. 8 June 2012. "We all agree that sequestration of just the base budget would be disastrous for the military. [¦] To impose arbitrary and automatic cuts to our warfighters, who are putting their lives on the line for our country, would be morally unconscionable, and would break faith with them and their families." (images.politico.com)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 60 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 79 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 14 August 2012. "I, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, pledge to the taxpayers of the 27th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Issue Position: Government Spending. 18 November 2011. "Government spending must reflect economic realities. I opposed the trillion dollar stimulus and several other budget busting bills which would raise taxes on hardworking South Floridians." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-lehtinen Votes For Department Of Defense Bill To Support Our Troops; However, She Votes No On Massive "Stimulus II" Spending Bill. 16 December 2009. "Ileana opposed the "Stimulus II" appropriations bill because it has more unnecessary government spending that will only deepen our financial troubles and will bring little relief to the millions of Americans also suffering from job losses or financial difficulties." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Time For A New Approach To Restore Our Economy. 15 December 2009. "Not surprisingly, as our debt doubles and revenues plunge, creating jobs has taken a back seat to other issues. The $800 billion stimulus bill has failed to create or save the millions of jobs that it promised." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Cost of Government Day. 23 August 2011. "The true cost of the federal government includes federal spending as well as the cost of federal regulation. This year you will work more than half of the year to pay for the cost of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Breaking The Unemployment Barrier. 26 June 2010. "The administration's spending policies, including the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill, have drastically increased the national debt by 23 percent, while unemployment has increased by more than 3 million." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a rating of 66 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Issue Position: Education. 11 November 2011. "As a former Florida certified teacher, I know the importance of making sure our children receive quality educational opportunities to succeed in life. While I believe education is a state and local issue, I have been unwavering in helping to making sure that Florida's parents, teachers, and administrators have the resources available to provide a world class education to our children." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Responds To Department Of Interior's Proposed Plan To Expand Oil Drilling Off The Florida Coast. 1 May 2007. "While the Department's plan has yet to be finalized, I am extremely concerned for the dangerous precedent it sets for those who seek to destabilize Florida's tourist economy and environmental protection by allowing oil companies to drill within miles of our pristine coastline." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Pleased With Department Of Interior Announcement That Extends The Comment Period On Gas & Oil Exploration In The Outer Continental Shelf. 10 February 2009. "I understand all too well the need for finding other sources of fuel but drilling off our coasts will not immediately alleviate our dependence on foreign oil but it will cause havoc to our pristine coasts and fragile marine ecosystems." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Issue Position: Energy. 18 November 2011. "The disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico provided a grim example of the dangers of off-shore drilling. South Florida's pristine beaches attract swathes of tourists and thus a great deal of revenue. A spill closer to Florida would destroy our natural commodities and harm the ecosystem that makes our community one of the most beautiful in the world. This is why I do not support drilling off the coast of Florida." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Issue Position: Energy Policy. 11 November 2011. "As we have seen with the epic environmental disaster following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, offshore drilling poses a threat to our economy and our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007. 18 May 2006. "And along with my colleagues from the Florida delegation, I rise in strong support of the Putnam amendment and in passionate opposition to any amendment, any language which would allow offshore drilling a mere 3 miles from our Nation's coast." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Speaks Out Against Pro-Drilling Provisions. 2 August 2007. "Here we go again. I am severely disappointed on the recent legislative efforts to threaten Florida's economy and fragile marine ecosystem by lifting the longstanding moratorium on natural gas drilling. These amendments stand in the face of efforts taken by the Congress to preserve and protect our marine habitats." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Votes For Legislation That Allows Persons With Valid Concealed Firearms Permit To Carry Concealed Firearm In Another State That Also Issues Same Permits. 16 November 2011. "This is a common sense approach that remedies a problem faced by carriers of concealed weapons permit. It absolutely makes no sense that a person with a valid state issued concealed weapons permit cannot carry it over to another state that also has these same types of laws on its books. This legislation will make it easier for law abiding Americans to carry concealed firearms in states that already allow it, and most importantly, it strengthens our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H.R. 6257 (110th): Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2008. 12 June 2008. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen was a co-sponser. (thomas.loc.gov)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 73 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendments to H.R. 5281, Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "I stand here, Mr. Speaker, in support of the DREAM Act. The time has come for this legislative body to do what is right and to not punish students for the mistakes that their parents have made [¦] The DREAM Act is not amnesty. It will allow eligible students to get on a pathway toward permanent legal status later on. Those who receive conditional legal status will not be eligible for Medicaid, food stamps, or any other government services." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Press Release. Dream Act will allow many dedicated young people to make a difference and contribute to our great nation, says Ros-Lehtinen. 15 June 2012. "This nation benefits from the creativity and hard work of those who come to our shores seeking a brighter tomorrow. I have been a staunch supporter of the Dream Act since its introduction in 2006." (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 37 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the American Family Association 68 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 71 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Johnson. Washington Blade: Ros-Lehtinen is first GOP member of Congress to back marriage equality. 13 July 2012. "Asked by the Washington Blade whether she's a supporter of same-sex marriage in addition to backing DOMA repeal, Ros-Lehtinen initially expressed confusion about why the question was being asked, saying, "I don't know why you're asking that. It's such a weird way." But she later affirmed she's a supporter of marriage equality. "Oh, yeah, I am," Ros-Lehtinen said. "I thought you were trying to get some tricky thing here. No I am." (www.washingtonblade.com)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Huffington Post: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Becomes First Republican To Cosponsor DOMA Repeal. 23 September 2011. "I voted against the constitutional amendment defining marriage so I'm pleased to co-sponsor the repeal of DOMA and work with my colleagues on marriage equality." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee - "Afghanistan and Pakistan: Transition and the Way Forward". 27 October 2011. "It will take time to ultimately defeat al Qaeda, and it remains a ruthless and resilient enemy bent on attacking our country. But make no mistake -- we are going to remain relentless in disrupting and dismantling that terrorist organization." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen Reacts to Foreign Policy Portions of State of the Union; Discusses Afghanistan, Iran, Human Rights, Free Trade. 25 January 2011. "Islamist extremists take on many forms, from al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and elsewhere, to the theocrats in Tehran. We and our allies must remain unrelenting in addressing all of the threats posed by our nation's enemies." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Text of Statement by Ros-Lehtinen on 9/11 Anniversary. 11 September 2008. "The goal of our self-proclaimed enemies is not to defeat us but to destroy us. For they must destroy us if they are to destroy the civilization we defend, which they have defined as their ultimate aim. Their fantasies cannot be made true as long as we exist to stop them. This is a new type of war which presents unfamiliar challenges and will test us in ways for which the methods of the past have only a limited use. Securing victory will task our mental and material resources and require innovative approaches and unconventional solutions. But our courage, steadfastness, and determination will be as greatly challenged." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Global War on Terror. 7 November 2005. "Since the brutal terrorist attacks of September 11, the United States has responded with policies that offer a pragmatic approach to the challenges that we face in the region today. These have included taking the fight to the terrorists and their supporters, denying them the resources and safe sanctuaries, keeping them on the run so that they cannot target us at home, all while simultaneously assisting the developing Middle East democracies so that they can become a bastion of stable, free market democratic societies and as a means of addressing the root causes of terrorism and Islamic extremism. As Chair of the House Subcommittee on Central Asia and the Middle East, I am proud of the success that these policies have enjoyed, particularly in the frontline states in the war on terror of Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Women and Social Security. 22 June 2005. "By reforming Social Security to include private accounts, we can ensure that women receive all of the benefits that they earn in the workplace as well as being entitled to those that their husbands have earned once they have passed on." (votesmart.org)

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