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Rossello Speaks at Energy and Natural Resources Hearing

Governor Ricardo Rossello spoke to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 26th in a hearing on the state of the territories. “The actions we take today will either open the doors to equality, progress and success for Puerto Rico,” he began his prepared statement, “or continue to yield social and… Read more »

San Juan Mayor Joins Bernie Sanders Campaign

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, has been named as one of the four co-chairs of the presidential campaign to elect Bernie Sanders in 2020. Yulin Cruz spoke admiringly of Sanders and his record of progressive positions. However, she also said particularly that he would work for a “new path” for Puerto Rico and… Read more »

Puerto Rican Contributions to the Arts, Sports, Law, Science and More

Puerto Rico has valuable natural resources, but many observers hold that the people of Puerto Rico are the island’s most valuable natural resource of all. Here are just a few of the notable Americans from Puerto Rico or of Puerto Rican heritage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Rita Moreno, one of just 15 EGOT winners in… Read more »

Lessons on Tax Breaks from Amazon

When Amazon announced that they were ready to open a second headquarters, hundreds of cities across the nation courted them with tax breaks. New York City won the competition, and Amazon got ready to put in $2.5 billion to build the new facility in Queens. NYC met them more than halfway with $2.8 billion in… Read more »

National Emergency Declaration Initially Ignites Fears in Puerto Rico

President Trump has declared a national emergency to give himself more flexibility to appropriate funds to build the border wall which was one of his campaign promises. Trump has been talking about doing so for some time. White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney ran through the budget items the White House planned to use… Read more »

Washington’s Drew Stokesbary Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, along with 16 others from the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, has presented House Joint Memorial (HJM) 4009 in support of statehood for Puerto Rico. The Memorial does not call for statehood directly, but for the U.S. Congress to make Puerto Rico into an incorporated territory, and to “apply… Read more »

Drought in Puerto Rico

Right now, two thirds of Puerto Rico is classified as “abnormally dry.” This is enough to affect crops and pastures. 8.9% of the Island is experiencing “D-1” or “moderate drought” conditions. This is enough to cause some damage to crops and some water shortages. (Data from the U.S. government.) Conditions of moderate drought are currently… Read more »

Equal Treatment for Puerto Rico?

Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) wrote to the Appropriations Committees of both the House and the Senate, asking for equal treatment of Puerto Rico in nutrition assistance and disaster relief generally. “As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans deserve equal treatment when it comes to federal assistance,” they wrote. “Please keep the recovery… Read more »

Congressional Leaders Oppose Jones Act Waiver

Bipartisan leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure have opposed the Rossello Administration’s request for a 10-year “waiver” of the law that requires ocean shipping between U.S. ports be on vessels that are American built, owned, flagged, and crewed for the shipping of liquid natural gas. Recognizing that Congress would… Read more »

Who is in Charge? It’s the U.S. Congress

“There is no doubt that Puerto Rico is, and has been, nothing other than an unincorporated territory under the plenary powers of Congress,” Andres Cordova recently wrote in an opinion piece published in The Hill. This reality creates tension for presidential candidates, who often say that they will support self-determination for Puerto Rico, or stated less… Read more »