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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Deutch hold hearing on Coral Springs native Bob Levinson

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South Florida Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, and Ted Deutch, D-Fort Lauderdale, held a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday with Doug Levinson, the son of Coral Springs native Bob Levinson, and other families whose loved ones were detained in Iran.

Levinson is a former FBI agent from Coral Springs who went missing from Kish Island, Iran, while working on an unauthorized mission for the CIA in 2007. 

Ros-Lehtinen and Deutch, the chairwoman and ranking member of the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, held the hearing to raise awareness of individuals held as hostages in Iran. 

Deutch introduced a resolution calling on Tehran to do more to bring Bob Levinson home safely. 

"Iran's outrageous disregard for international law should give every country, every company-especially every American company, pause as to whether this is a country they should welcome back into the community of nations," Deutch said during the hearing. 

Earlier in July, Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson sent a letter to the White House urging President Donald Trump to “maintain pressure on Iran to see that [Bob] is returned as soon as possible.”

Last week, the Associated Press reported that the Levinson family met with senior State Department officials in Washington, and that many senior U.S. officials believe that Levinson is no longer alive.  

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