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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 »

More Deaths than Births Expected in Puerto Rico in 2016

The Planning Board expects there to be more deaths than births in the United States territory of Puerto Rico this year for the first time since the agency began recording this statistic in 1935. The Puerto Rico agency estimates deaths in 2016 at 28,900 and births at 28,200. Officials said that the only age group… Read more »

Puerto Rico Governor Refuses to Revise Fiscal Plan

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla (Popular Democratic Party/PPD) this morning refused to amend the fiscal adjustment plan that he submitted to the territory’s federally-imposed Financial Oversight and Management Board five weeks ago. The refusal contradicts the Federal PROMESA law that the Governor sought, which established the Board and gave the panel overriding control of… Read more »

Congressional Task Force May Recommend New Federal Funds for Children

El Nuevo Dia is reporting this morning that the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth for Puerto Rico has agreed to recommend and advance legislation in favor of full inclusion of residents of Puerto Rico in the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Rep. Nydia Velazquez has indicated that there will be draft legislation after Thanksgiving, according… Read more »

Puerto Rico Poised to Vote for New Course

New Progressive Party (PNP) gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rossello (D) led Popular Democrat (PPD) David Bernier (D) 41%-33% November 1st-4th in a six-candidate race in the latest edition of the most reliable poll in Puerto Rico. PNP resident commissioner in the U.S. House of Representatives nominee Jenniffer Gonzalez (R) was ahead of PPD hopeful Hector Ferrer… Read more »

Puerto Rican Baseball Players Continue Friendly Rivalry at World Series

As the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs face each other in the World Series, special attention is being paid to two Puerto Rican infielders who have an unusually friendly rivalry: Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez. Both players are natives of Puerto Rico, and both moved with their families from the U.S. territory to the State of… Read more »

NPP, Statehood Maintain Lead in Puerto Rico Polls

New Progressive Party (NPP) gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rossello led PDP hopeful David Bernier, Gov. Garcia’s former Secretary of State, 39.01% to 30.73% in a poll of 1,074 voters in Puerto Rico October 15th. Two independents had 13.97% and 12.1% respectively, and the two ’third party’ aspirants had 3.82% and .37% support. NPP U.S. House nominee… Read more »