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US Compacts of Free Association: What Next?

Freely Associate States

Now that it is well established that “enhanced commonwealth” is off the table as a political status for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, the term “free association” has grown in prominence as a way of describing a similar option to end Puerto Rico’s colonial status.  It is convenient timing to note that the three… Read more »

United States Army Reserve Centennial in Puerto Rico

The 187th Infantry Brigade with the 373rd and 374th Regiments established the U.S. Army Reserve in Puerto Rico in 1922. Now 5,000 strong, they are the largest U.S. Army command in the Caribbean. Rep.Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, introduced a House Resolution to observe the 100th anniversary of the command. “As… Read more »

The Limited Rights of the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico

The Congressional Research Office has released a report on the “Parliamentary Rights of the Delegates and Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.” Here is the initial summary: As officers who represent territories and properties possessed or administered by the United States but not admitted to statehood, the five House delegates and the resident commissioner from Puerto… Read more »

Senate Committee Hearing on Territories

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on Tuesday to consider “the states of the territories.” Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi was one of the expert witnesses. His testimony began on a positive note. “Puerto Rico is emerging from a challenging period with strength and optimism,” the governor said, “But much… Read more »

Oversight Board Members Defend Debt Restructuring

Natalie Jaresko, the executive director of the Financial Oversight Management Board (FOMB) in Puerto Rico, and David Skeel, the Board’s chairman, defended the Puerto Rico debt restructuring process in a recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. Puerto Rico has been laboring under a debt load that a previous governor described as “unpayable” for… Read more »

White House Touts Puerto Rico Policy Successes

The Biden-Harris administration has released a Fact Sheet outlining their actions in support of Puerto Rico during their first year in office. Getting disaster recovery funds to Puerto Rico Congress had approved disaster recovery funding for Puerto Rico following the 2017 Hurricane Maria landfall and the earthquakes the following year, but most of the funds… Read more »

A Page from History: Pres. Gerald Ford on Statehood and Free Association

In 1976, then-President Gerald Ford responded to recommendations made to him by an ad hoc advisory group on Puerto Rico with a statement favoring statehood. The advisory group had been put together jointly by the Federal government and Puerto Rico’s local government and had come up with a new idea for Puerto Rico’s status. Then… Read more »

House Chairman Calls for Rejection of Insular Cases

House Resolution 279 asks Congress to repudiate the Insular Cases, a series of Supreme Court decisions which are still used in legal decisions affecting U.S. territories like Puerto Rico. The resolution, introduced in Congress last spring, would acknowledge “that the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in the Insular Cases and the ‘territorial incorporation doctrine’ are… Read more »

Voting Rights and Puerto Rico

Voting rights have been top of mind in Washington, where the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. have been combined into one big voting rights act, called “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.” HR 5476, currently under debate in the Senate, focuses on four categories of voting rights… Read more »

Manufacturing in Puerto Rico: Positive Outlook

A recent report in El Nuevo Dia offers evidence of a positive outlook for manufacturing in Puerto Rico. In separate interviews with Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, Manuel Cidre; the executive vice president of the Association of Industrialists (AIPR), Yandia Pérez; and Invest Puerto Rico’s chief executive, Rodrick Miller, El Nuevo Dia received information about… Read more »