Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 27, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 27
David Adams

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Scott Fuhrman

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Maria Peiro

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Frank Perez

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Adam Sackrin

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/644291/providing-for-consideration-of-hr-358-protect-life-act#.VlT3sWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right To Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • “[…] 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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/90783/abortion#.VlT2xWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “We must reduce taxes on families and small businesses, ease the regulatory burden on the businesses that provide middle class jobs, eliminate restrictions to the flow of capital that keeps small businesses from hiring more workers, and bring down our record national debt that only promises huge future tax increases and less federal assistance for those who truly need it.” https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/economy (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
  • "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." http://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.org)

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  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560442/issue-position-government-spending#.VblQrHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Congress needs to act to get spending under control, reduce federal budget deficits, and bring down our long-term public debt.” https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/issue/spending-cuts-and-debt (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)

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  • “We must reduce taxes on families and small businesses, ease the regulatory burden on the businesses that provide middle class jobs, eliminate restrictions to the flow of capital that keeps small businesses from hiring more workers, and bring down our record national debt that only promises huge future tax increases and less federal assistance for those who truly need it.” https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/economy (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor HR 37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.Vabiy_lViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “I supported the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act. This bill is an important step in strengthening our children's education. Having children begin their schooling early ensures that they are prepared and eager to face the challenges that await them in life as well as in the classroom.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370224/issue-position-education#.VblRS3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
  • “Not only is Keystone XL an incredible opportunity for hardworking Americans, it also has great potential to advance our national security interests and policies around the world.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960925/newsletter-advancing-our-energy-interests-through-keystone-xl/?search=keystone#.VliTG2wViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “I strongly support greater federal investment in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydrogen fuel cell power.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631071/issue-position-energy#.VblSDHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I am a strong supporter of greater federal investment in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydrogen fuel cell power.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566884/issue-position-energy#.VblSYHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against HR 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VafLKPlViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 “Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 83% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/6568 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of HR 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44099#.VblVbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Obamacare is the wrong prescription for what ails the American healthcare system. Obamacare is expanding the very federal bureaucracy that is already forcing itself between patients and doctors.” http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/issue/health (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of HR 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VafGBPlVikoo (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/576578/#.VbFX3HUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Politico “Last month, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was one of 300 Republicans to sign on to an amicus brief in support of gay marriage filed with the Supreme Court.” http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/republicans-gay-marriage-117400.html (www.politico.com)
  • "Our nation was founded on the basis of equal rights and today, the Supreme Court’s decision reflected our values. The ability to marry is now a right all Americans have and we no longer must wonder why one class of people has been singled out under the law. Simply put, and the majority of Americans would agree, the union of two people in marriage should not be based on gender, but on love."https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/press-release/ros-lehtinen-applauds-supreme-court-decision-legalizing-marriage-equality (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)

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  • “We must continue to take steps to secure our country and the world from terror networks, and we must work to prevent acts of terrorism in their early stages, and eradicate the conditions that make such attacks possible.” http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/defense (ros-lehtinen.house.gov)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990489/with-al-qaeda-and-isil-taking-advantage-of-chaos-in-yemen-us-must-do-more-to-restore-stability-or-risk-yemen-becoming-the-next-syria#.VblYinUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/109016/ (votesmart.org)

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