Posts Categorized: People

Puerto Rico and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The tax bill passed by the House of Representatives mentions Puerto Rico specifically in a section called “Provisions Related to Possessions of the United States.” Puerto Rico, in common with other territories of the U.S., is a possession of the United States. Rules for possessions of the United States The first point in this section… Read more »

Sanders leads Congressional Democrats in Introducing Bill for Puerto Rico Rebuild

On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accompanied by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT), Gillibrand (D-NY), Warren (D-MA), and Markey (D-MA), Representatives Velazquez (D-NY), Plaskett (D-VI), and Soto (D-FL), held a news conference introducing a comprehensive plan to address the immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ensure that the islands are able… Read more »

Even More People Are Leaving Puerto Rico

Two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, most of the Island remains without electricity, safe water is not available everywhere, many businesses are still closed, and many people are still homeless. Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director of the PROMESA fiscal oversight board, predicts that 170,000 people will have left Puerto Rico between Hurricane… Read more »

Puerto Rico Must Guard Against Invasive Species

The need to protect Puerto Rico from invasive species in the wake of Hurricane Maria came up just briefly in the letter 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 detailing the necessary response to Hurricane… Read more »

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 »