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Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

The first Cuban American and woman of Hispanic origin elected to the House, Ros-Lehtinen represents the Miami area. She was one of the three Republicans who did not sign the 1994 Contract With America because she thought it was inhumane to deny welfare benefits to legal immigrants. But her politics will represent a stark contrast with her predecessor and the White House. Ros-Lehtinen opposed any overtures to Fidel Castro and will probably oppose any White House pressure on Israel. According to Foreign Policy, she will probably push for more strongly enforcing U.S. sanctions on Iran while cutting the foreign aid budget in the authorization bill.

homeland security

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)

The voluble King would be making a return trip to the helm of this panel, which he chaired from 2005 until Democrats regained control of the House in 2006. A TV-ready moderate Republican, King has regularly championed money for his home state after 150 residents of his Long Island district were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Overseeing the goliath that is the Homeland Security Department, King will probably challenge arbitrary funding formulas - in the past, he has complained that New York will "never" get enough money - and he wants to see terrorists tried at military commissions and kept at an open Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

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