Posts Categorized: People

Schumer Proposes a CEO of Recovery and Response for Puerto Rico

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) urged the White House to appoint an experienced emergency CEO of Response & Recovery to manage federal response in Puerto Rico. The CEO would have a direct line and access to the President, the Governor of Puerto Rico, all Cabinet Secretaries, member of Congress, and local Puerto Rican officials… Read more »

Members of Congress Discuss Puerto Rico Relief Legislation

Numerous Senators yesterday offered remarks regarding pending disaster relief legislation scheduled for passage today.  Please see below for full remarks by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sen. Michael Lee (R-UT),  and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT): Today, in California and across the West, families are returning to… Read more »

Board Seeks New Fiscal Plans in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board “is actively working to assess how” the 10-year fiscal adjustment plans for the Government of Puerto Rico and several of its instrumentalities that it adopted “should change in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.” In a letter released Saturday, the Board wrote  to eleven Democratic U.S. Senators… Read more »

Members of Congress Discuss Disaster Relief Legislation

Numerous Members of Congress have pledged they would treat the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as equal partners to the states in terms of disaster assistance, and on Oct. 12 the House of Representatives made progress in upholding that pledge when it approved a $36.5 billion relief bill. The… Read more »

Members of Congress Express Solidarity With Puerto Rico

On Wednesday Oct. 11, Members of the House of Representatives spoke on the House floor to express solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico. The following Representatives gave some remarks: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX),… Read more »

House Republicans Express the Need to Pass Disaster Relief Legislation

On Wednesday October 11, 2017, House Republicans held a media availability event where they addressed the disaster relief legislation that is expected to pass today. This disaster relief legislation will address the relief efforts that stemmed from the California wildfires, and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate.  The Senate intends to consider a related proposal… Read more »