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Trump Nominee Pledges Bipartisan Solution to Puerto Rico Problems

During his nomination hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin told a Democratic Senator that with respect to the territory’s challenges, “we need to figure out a bipartisan solution.” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) used a portion of his remarks to address the unequal treatment of Puerto Rico. He explained:… Read more »

New Puerto Rico Status Vote

In 2014, Washington approved a $2.5 million appropriation for a new status plebiscite in Puerto Rico, the first federally funded vote on the Island’s status. Former governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla promised to hold the plebiscite in 2016, but this did not take place. Now, the Puerto Rico legislature is considering a bill to hold the… Read more »

6 Things People Think Trump Said about Puerto Rico

A number of statements about Puerto Rico have been attributed to Donald Trump, but most have been fake news. Here are a few of the things Trump was reported to have said about Puerto Rico: That Palestinians should be moved to Puerto Rico. This claim comes from the satirical website, The Mideast Beast. That Puerto… Read more »

Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth for Puerto Rico Urges Quick Action on Medicaid, Highlights Inequalities Between Puerto Rico and States

The Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico has released its final report, recommending legislation in early 2017 to address an impending Medicaid “cliff” on the island as well as an expansion of the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC) in Puerto Rico, a closer look at inequities throughout the federal government and careful consideration… Read more »

PROMESA Board Prescribes Fiscal Remedies

The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board today wrote Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and Governor-Elect Ricardo Rossello with its initial fiscal prescriptions for the territorial government. The Board disclosed that it will adhere to its previously-determined schedule of beginning conversations with creditors this week but added that it will work with the insular government… Read more »

Rep. Alan Grayson Calls for Presidential Votes for Puerto Rico

The people of Puerto Rico are natural-born citizens of the United States. This has been true since 1917, when Congress gave citizenship to everyone born in Puerto Rico. Yet people who live in Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections, because the people of the United States don’t vote directly for president. They vote instead… Read more »

Mike Pence’s Statement on Puerto Rico

Vice President-elect Mike Pence did not discuss Puerto Rico during the campaign, but he did make a statement on the subject in 2010 during congressional debate when he served as Republican Conference Chair in the House of Representatives. Pence began by noting that “[a]s a conservative who believes in the power of self-determination and of… Read more »

Congress’s Obligation to Resolve Puerto Rico’s Status

The candidates and parties in the recent presidential election spoke up for self-determination for Puerto Rico. Now Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, who also chairs the Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, seems to be brushing the question of status aside. But Congress has a responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico that… Read more »