Posts Categorized: People

Senator Bill Nelson Supports Statehood

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has made a statement endorsing statehood for Puerto Rico. “I have always supported self-determination and equal treatment for all U.S. citizens,” said Nelson. “It seems to me that statehood is the answer.” Nelson has previously said that people living in Puerto Rico should decide the status of the Island. Earlier in… Read more »

Former AG Explains Why Puerto Rico Should Be a State

Jose Fuentes, former Attorney General of Puerto Rico and Chairman of the Puerto Rico Statehood Council, shared his views on Puerto Rico’s status in an NBC news “Think” segment. “The United States cannot continue to be the force for democracy around the world and still maintain this colony in the Caribbean,” he began. “It’s time… Read more »

Governor Rossello Plans a Political Movement in the States

Governor Ricardo Rossello was interviewed by Noah Trevor, host of the late-night news satire program The Daily Show. While speaking about the recovery efforts, his desire to “pivot from recovery to rebuilding,” and the value of statehood for Puerto Rico, the governor also spoke clearly about his plans to mobilize the diaspora in the States… Read more »

Why Is Restoring Power to Puerto Rico So Slow?

The Two Fab Femmes podcast interviewed Amanda Martinez, CEO of Bull Moose Energy Ventures. Bull Moose is focused on alternative energy, especially biomass, but also works with fossil fuels. “Puerto Rico has really become the center of my universe right now,” said Martinez. “The people are incredible — they’re industrious [but] they’ve got a lot to… Read more »

Governor Reports to Congress on Recovery Plan

On April 10, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares provided a second monthly report to the U.S. Congress on the development of a recovery plan for the territory from last September’s hurricanes. The report comes in the form of a letter from the Governor to leaders of the House and Senate, including Senate Majority Leader… Read more »

Samantha Bee and Full Frontal in Puerto Rico

Samantha Bee presented a special episode of Full Frontal in Puerto Rico last night. In preparation, the program did research on Puerto Rico and produced a “Primer on Puerto Rico.” This video does not pretend to be a precise, balanced explanation of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, but it brings up… Read more »

Congressional Democrats Call Treasury’s Actions on Loans “Very Disturbing”

Following a strongly-worded letter from Governor Rossello, 58 members of Congress have written to Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin asking that the Treasury take action on disaster relief loans to Puerto Rico. “We are concerned by reports of reduced loan amounts and repayment requirements,” the legislators wrote, “and believe that you must ensure that your… Read more »

Carlos Correa Skips White House Visit

The Houston Astros visited the White House, but Carlos Correa opted out. Instead of joining in that historic visit, he decided to spend the day working with his family to get supplies to Puerto Rico. Correa assured reporters that there was no political message in his decision to devote his time to helping Puerto Rico…. Read more »

FCC to Provide Millions for Puerto Rico Communications

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the FCC will dedicatae $954 million toward improving connectivity in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico will benefit from a $750 million fund called Uniendo a Puerto Rico (Bringing Puerto Rico Together). The goal is to restore telecommunications access and to support extended broadband across… Read more »

Stephanie Murphy Supports Florida Schools, Puerto Rico Evacuees

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) added an initiative to the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law last Friday which will support Florida schools as they serve the needs of newcomers from Puerto Rico. The Bipartisan Budget Act is the temporary funding bill which avoids another government shutdown. This bill gives Congress another six weeks to agree… Read more »