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The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Posts Testimony for Hearing of Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Witness testimony for today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources  hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands has been made public. The witnesses include: The Honorable Kenneth Mapp, Governor, United States Virgin Islands The Honorable Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Governor, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico The Honorable Bruce Walker,… Read more »

Gillibrand Leads Senators Asking for Nutritional Assistance for Puerto Rico

In September, eight U.S. senators, led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D), wrote to Secretary Purdue of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting “much needed food aid” for Puerto Rico.  Unfortunately, the availability of food remains a problem in the United States’ most populous territory of roughly 3.4 million people. The USDA… Read more »

Members of Congress Continue to Speak Out About Puerto Rico

On November 8, the following representatives offered remarks regarding the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico in the House of Representatives: Rep. Luis Guitierrez (D-IL), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon (R-PR), and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA). Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon (R-PR): Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman, my friend, for allowing me actually… Read more »

Schumer and Leahy Urge “Full Force of Federal Government” in Disaster Relief

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, outlining the efforts required to get Puerto Rico and other areas hit by recent natural disasters up and running again. The letter lists the natural disasters which have… Read more »

House Natural Resources Committee Examines Challenges in Puerto Rico’s Recovery

On November 7, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing “Examining Challenges in Puerto Rico’s Recovery and the Role of the Financial Oversight and Management Board” The witness panel was composed by Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, Noel Zamot, Revitalization Coordinator Financial Oversight and Management Board… Read more »

Rossello To Fight Board over PREPA

The administration of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares made clear this afternoon that it would not accept the decision of the territory’s federally-named Financial Oversight and Management Board to make its infrastructure permitting (“Revitalization”) coordinator, Noel Zamont, the “emergency manager” and “Chief Transformation Officer” of the Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The Governor’s Secretary of… Read more »

Governor Rosselló Requests Action on Medicaid and Medicare from Congress

Governor Rosselló  sent a letter to Congressional leadership yesterday requesting action to address the growing crisis in Puerto Rico’s healthcare system. The letter was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitchell McConnell (R-KY), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Democratic Leader Senate Charles Schumer (R-NY), and Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). After the House and… Read more »