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04/08/2011: Ambassador Cuisia Meets with Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

04 AUGUST 2011, WASHINGTON, D.C. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. discussed and examined the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States at a meeting with Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, on July 29, 2011. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen acknowledged the good business climate and the pro-business government in the Philippines. She said that she is very much impressed by the growth of the Philippine economy.

Ambassador Cuisia thanked Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen for introducing a resolution (H. Res. 352) on the West Philippine Sea that reaffirms the strong support of the United States for the peaceful resolution of maritime territorial disputes in that area and pledging continued efforts to facilitate a collaborative, peaceful process to resolve these disputes. The congresswoman said that the Philippines is “a wonderful ally; a good friend,” and that there is a need for the US to pay more attention to its allies in the Asian region. On a discussion on the Save Our Industries Act, Representative Ros-Lehtinen assured the Ambassador that she would look into the bill and that she would suggest that a hearing be called to discuss its merits and whatever concerns that need to be addressed.

Representative Ros-Lehtinen is the U.S. Republican representative for Florida's 18th congressional district, serving since 1989. Based in South Florida, the district includes portions of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Representative Ros-Lehtinen is currently the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House. She was the first Republican woman elected to the House of Representatives from Florida. In 2011, she became chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1982 to 1986, and was then a one-term member of the Florida Senate before entering the House. She is the first Cuban American and the first Hispanic woman elected to the United States Congress. END.