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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 »

FOMB Rejects Governor Rossello Fiscal Plans

The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board last evening wrote Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares that the five-year, revised fiscal plans that his Administration proposed January 24th for the Government of Puerto Rico as a whole and its Electric Power and Aqueduct and Sewer Authorities (PREPA and PRASA, respectively) violate PROMESA and require extensive changes…. Read more »

Lawmakers Seek Answers on Puerto Rico Electric Privatization Plan

Following Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s  announcement to privatize the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. José E. Serrano (D-NY) wrote today to the Governor requesting additional details on the plan, including assurances on affordable rates and reliable service. “It is evident to us that… Read more »