Posts Categorized: People

U.S. Senators React to Puerto Rico Visit

U.S. senators who visited Puerto Rico Saturday had differing reactions to the requests and the territory’s needs. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for “a plan, a type of ‘Marshall Plan, no matter what it takes.” Fellow Democrat Richard Blumenthal (CT) contended that, “We need a financial plan immediately.” He suggested that it be developed among… Read more »

Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon Speaks Up for Puerto Rico

On the anniversary of the adoption of Puerto Rico’s constitution, Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, the Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico, spoke up for statehood for Puerto Rico on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. “Puerto Rico’s territorial constitution is 65 years old today. An act of Congress authorized the island’s people to pass a charter… Read more »

Despacito and Fake News

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” has been streamed 4.6 billion times as of this writing, and has 2,662,615,500 views at YouTube. It is officially the most-streamed song of all time. The Justin Bieber remix has had 34,183,494 views at YouTube. The headlines the song has inspired include “Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ Verse Is Boosting Tourism… Read more »

DNC Chair Tom Perez Endorses Statehood

Tom Perez, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, has endorsed statehood for Puerto Rico. As first reported in Politico, Perez has issued a statement that he believes Puerto Ricans should have the same rights as those on the mainland and that his personal view is that statehood is the best method to provide full… Read more »

Puerto Rico Leaders Meet with Members of Congress, Call for Action

A delegation from Puerto Rico including Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón and Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Michael S. Lee (R-UT),  House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), and other members of Congress. In these meetings, the focus was on two points: Puerto Rico’s need… Read more »

MacArthur Introduces Puerto Rico Task Force Economic Empowerment Act

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) has introduced HR 2429, the Puerto Rico Task Force Economic Empowerment Act, in the House of Representatives. The comprehensive bill includes measures designed to “support businesses in Puerto Rico, improve health funding for Puerto Rico, and promote security in Puerto Rico.” An important part of the proposal is a set of measures… Read more »

Velázquez Introduces Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), who is the lead Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, has introduced a new bill, “The Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act,” designed to spur small business growth and entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico.” “We’ve seen time and again throughout the U.S. how entrepreneurship can be a path out of… Read more »

Senators and Board Discuss PROMESA

On April 7, two U.S. Senators, Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), wrote a letter to the PROMESA fiscal oversight management board [FOMB] expressing concern that the Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is not compliant with the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). The letter went on to list those concerns:… Read more »