Miami, FL (AP) - The first Cuban-American in Congress is about to
become the most powerful voice on U.S. foreign policy in the House
Florida Republican, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will likely
take over the House Foreign Affairs Committee in January.
She is expected to push for tighter sanctions against Iran and
North Korea, more oversight of the United Nations and no new
dialogue with Cuba. Yet she also presents an increasingly rare
image these days -- a politician occasionally willing to work across
the aisle. Ros-Lehtinen has broken with her party on immigration,
gay rights and the environment. Both friend and foe warn those who
confuse the former school teacher's approachability with a lack of
a substance, woefully underestimate her.
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