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Effects of Territorial Status on Puerto Rico’s Revival

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The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on how the Biden Build Back Better plan will affect U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico. Governor Pedro Pierluisi provided testimony on the circumstances faced by the territory, explaining that the territorial status of the Island has affected its success, and will continue to do so. Beginning at about… Read more »

A New Federal Proposal for Puerto Rico

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) has introduced a bill in the House, HR 2070, and Sen. Bob Menendez  (D-NJ) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate: S. 865. Both bills are titled, “To recognize the right of the People of Puerto Rico to call a status convention through which the people would exercise their natural… Read more »

Senate Companion Bill for Puerto Rico Self Determination and Statehood

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ron Wyden (D-OR.), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced the Puerto Rico Admission Act, a Senate companion bill for H.R. 1522, in the Senate last week. What’s a companion bill? For any bill to become law, it must be approved by the House and the Senate. Sometimes the… Read more »

Chairman Neal Gets Puerto Rico Tax Credits Over the Finish Line

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) finished his long fight for equitable treatment for Puerto Rico in the federal Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. Chairman Neal has worked toward this goal for years, and the passage of the American Rescue Plan,… Read more »

Would Puerto Rico Be Better Off as a Freely Associated State?

The American Rescue Plan dedicates unprecedented resources to the five territories of the U.S. and also includes some assistance to the three former territory areas freely associated with the U.S. Under the terms of the new law, U.S. territories receive much more generous economic assistance than the freely associated states (FAS) to address the health… Read more »

Another Medicaid Cliff Approaches for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico faces another Medicaid Cliff this fall. Because Puerto Rico is consistently underfunded for Medicaid, the territory once again faces a Medicaid cliff — the territory will run out of funding for medical care on September 30th, 2021, if no additional funds are provided. Because Puerto Rico is not included in the federal Medicaid… Read more »

La Borinqueña Series on Netflix?

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La Borinqueña is a Puerto Rican superhero created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. She has been the central character in a series of self-published graphic novels, including La Borinqueña and Ricanstruction. Now, through connections on Twitter, Miranda-Rodriguez is working with other artists to get a live action series on Netflix. La Borinqueña is a traditional superhero in many ways…. Read more »

Rep. Stacey Plaskett Speaks on Representing a Territory

Stacey Plaskett is the representative of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the U.S. Congress. Just like Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, Plaskett is able to introduce legislation but has limited voting rights. Plaskett just became a member of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, which makes federal laws covering tax, trade… Read more »