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Congress Examines PREPA Agreement, Other Fiscal Challenges Facing Puerto Rico

On March 22, 2017, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA). Subcommittee Chair Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) convened the hearing by reminding all parties of looming… Read more »

House Subcommittee Announces Hearing on PREPA Restructuring Support Agreement

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs has announced an oversight hearing on the status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) restructuring support agreement. The hearing will be help on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 am. The hearing will be run under the direction of Subcommittee Chairman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)…. Read more »

PROMESA Board Approves Amended Fiscal Plan

Updated at 3/13  1:51 pm Puerto Rico’s fiscal board, created through the enactment of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), voted unanimously this morning to certify Puerto Rico Governor Ricky Rossello’s fiscal plan, provided that two amendments are made. One amendment would institute the Board’s earlier proposal for furloughing most government employees… Read more »

González-Colón Marks The 100th Anniversary of Puerto Rico’s U.S. Citizenship

Early this morning in the House of Representatives, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon made a statement recognizing Puerto Rico’s one hundredth anniversary of U.S. citizenship. “I would like to seek equality for millions of citizens living in Puerto Rico,” she began.  “I am the sole representative for the island and I represent more constituents in… Read more »

FL Congresswoman Murphy Endorses Statehood for Puerto Rico

Florida Representative Stephanie Murphy (D) joined Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to support Puerto Rico statehood. “A century ago today, a federal law granted U.S. citizenship to individuals born in Puerto Rico,” said the freshman member of Congress. “Island residents have made countless contributions to this country… Read more »

Former Governor Alejandro García Padilla: Citizen of the U.S. or Spain?

  Alejandro García Padilla (Popular Democratic Party), the former governor of Puerto Rico, is a U.S. citizen, as are all people born in Puerto Rico. According to recent press reports, García Padilla is now also a Spanish citizen. This raises an interesting question: Can an individual be an American citizen and a citizen of another sovereign nation? According to the Consulate General… Read more »

New Data on Puerto Rican Migration to the States

A new report on migration for 2015 from the Puerto Rico Statistics Institute shows that people are still moving from the Island to the States in record numbers: 89 thousand people made the move in 2015. The result was a net loss in population of 64 thousand people. There was a net loss of 21… Read more »

The Legal Reality of Free Association

As Puerto Rico prepares to vote on status options in its first federally-funded plebiscite, it’s important to make sure that voters fully understand the status options. The first vote, planned for June 2017, will be between statehood and independence. If independence wins the vote, there will be a second vote between two forms of independence:… Read more »

Puerto Rico to Vote on Status on June 11

Governor Ricardo Rossello (New Progressive Party/PNP) is expected to sign into law as early as today a bill that he supported which would hold a plebiscite in the islands between statehood and nationhood under a 2014 Federal law. The Legislative Assembly completed action on the bill last night. The vote would be conducted June 11th…. Read more »