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Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Visits Puerto Rico

Representatives from the Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee, Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) visited Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands over the weekend. The delegation provided the members of the Committee, which is involved in disaster response for both territories, with greater insight into the issues facing the islands. The… Read more »

Congressional Democrats Ask for Medical Support for Puerto Rico

Almost 60 Democratic Member of Congress sent a letter last week to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) regarding the ongoing healthcare crisis in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The letter begins with a succinct desire to “avoid further fatalities” in the U.S. territories affected by Hurricanes… Read more »

Puerto Rico and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The tax bill passed by the House of Representatives mentions Puerto Rico specifically in a section called “Provisions Related to Possessions of the United States.” Puerto Rico, in common with other territories of the U.S., is a possession of the United States. Rules for possessions of the United States The first point in this section… Read more »

Would Puerto Rico Be Better Off as an Incorporated Territory?

Puerto Rico Rep. Luis Vega Ramos, recently spoke out against making Puerto Rico an incorporated territory. According to Caribbean Business, Vega Ramos claims that Governor Ricardo Rosselló asked for this change. In fact, Rossello has asked that Puerto Rico be considered a domestic jurisdiction instead of a foreign jurisdiction under the tax code. As a… Read more »

Sanders leads Congressional Democrats in Introducing Bill for Puerto Rico Rebuild

On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accompanied by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT), Gillibrand (D-NY), Warren (D-MA), and Markey (D-MA), Representatives Velazquez (D-NY), Plaskett (D-VI), and Soto (D-FL), held a news conference introducing a comprehensive plan to address the immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ensure that the islands are able… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Death Toll

Héctor M. Pesquera, secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Public Safety, has reminded residents of the Island that they can help establish the official death toll for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s death toll was settled at 51 by government reports last month, but there has been controversy over the accuracy of the… Read more »

Even More People Are Leaving Puerto Rico

Two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, most of the Island remains without electricity, safe water is not available everywhere, many businesses are still closed, and many people are still homeless. Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director of the PROMESA fiscal oversight board, predicts that 170,000 people will have left Puerto Rico between Hurricane… Read more »

Electricity in Puerto Rico

“About half of Puerto Rico is without electricity two months after the hurricane,” NPR began their interview with Governor Ricardo Rossello. The governor says their hope is to get power to everyone by Christmas, but that full restoration of electricity could take much longer. Who has electricity now? As of this writing, slightly more than… Read more »

Post-Hurricane Disease Concerns in Puerto Rico

The Centers for Disease Control list a number of diseases to watch out for after a hurricane: Leptospirosis Leptospirosis is an unfamiliar word to most of us; some people have gotten it confused with leprosy, but it is not a communicable disease. Leptospirosis is a disease which comes from contact with contaminated water.While it is… Read more »

Puerto Rico Must Guard Against Invasive Species

The need to protect Puerto Rico from invasive species in the wake of Hurricane Maria came up just briefly in the letter Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney detailing the necessary response to Hurricane… Read more »