Ros-Lehtinen supports waiver cut

(posted June 22, 5:40 a.m.)- Florida Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement last night supporting the U.S. State Department’s cancelation of Nicaragua’s transparency waiver and urging the Obama Administration to not let up on the property waiver.

“Given Nicaragua’s lack of transparency when it comes to elections, it should come as no surprise that Ortega and his regime do not meet fiscal transparency standards either,” the congresswoman said in a statement. “I am particularly troubled about the hundreds of millions which Nicaragua receives in aid from the Venezuelan and Iranian regimes which is unaccounted for. Where is the money?”

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen

Ros-Lehtinen said she remains “deeply concerned” about the remaining U.S. citizen property claims in Nicaragua.

“I urge the Obama Administration not to issue the confiscated property waiver unless and until the Nicaraguan regime commits to settling these outstanding claims swiftly. Too much time has passed without these families receiving proper compensation or legal recourse.”

The Nicaraguan government is, in fact, resolving the remaining cases with haste. The government, business leaders and political analysts in Nicaragua say the Ortega administration has fulfilled its obligations on a technical level and should be granted the property waiver next month.

  • http://no Maria Zeledon

    Please USA don’t repeat your errors of the past. Nicaragua is definitely not the bad boy on the block. For the sake of US politics, using and playing with the nation of Nicaragua, is simply quite shocking. Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen should be ashamed of their deceit based on political opportunism.

  • Canadian Viewpoint

    Florida Republican, duh, what would you expect. Straight politics and attempt to push Democratic President into penalizing Ortega for his leanings rather than considering efforts made over years to settle outstanding claims.

    The US has a long way yet to go to make up for their actions in the past and not just the Contra affair either.

    A fair decision is to grant the waiver and this time how about some praise for how much effort and good faith Nicaragua has shown in getting claims settled?

    Canada is celebrating the War of 1812 this year, you know the one the American’s started by invading what is now Canada. They lost although few know that. Even fewer know why the White House is White. Because the British sailed down from Canada and burnt it so it was painted white to cover the damage.

    How about fair payment of property claims for Texas, New Mexico and California?