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Senator Nelson Introduces Hurricane Relief Legislation

On October 3, Senator Bill Nelson introduced S. 1907. His introductory remarks follow.  A copy of the bill can be read by clicking here. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): Mr. President, I am the Senator from Florida, along with my colleague Marco Rubio. We, of course, have been at the forefront of this terrible tragedy that… Read more »

A Fundraising Stamp for Puerto Rico

Stamp designer Rex Davenport has an innovative idea for fundraising for disaster support in Puerto Rico: a fundraising stamp. This isn’t a completely new idea. There is a fundraising stamp for breast cancer research, for example, which has raised more than $85 million for the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at… Read more »

Members of Congress Continue to Advocate for Puerto Rico Relief

Members of Congress continued to speak out on behalf of their fellow U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico last week.  On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the following Senators encouraged more action in relief efforts for Puerto Rico: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).  On the… Read more »

Vice President Pence Visits Puerto Rico

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today, accompanied by the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón (R-PR), and Rep. Stephanie Plaskett (D-USVI). Before arriving at both islands, Vice President Pence visited Orlando, accompanied by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-FL), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and gave… Read more »

U.S. Senators React to Puerto Rico Visit

U.S. senators who visited Puerto Rico Saturday had differing reactions to the requests and the territory’s needs. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for “a plan, a type of ‘Marshall Plan, no matter what it takes.” Fellow Democrat Richard Blumenthal (CT) contended that, “We need a financial plan immediately.” He suggested that it be developed among… Read more »

Senator Nelson Introduces Hurricane Relief Legislation

On October 3, Senator Bill Nelson introduced S. 1907. His introductory remarks follow.  A copy of the bill can be read by clicking here. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): Mr. President, I am the Senator from Florida, along with my colleague Marco Rubio. We, of course, have been at the forefront of this terrible tragedy that… Read more »

Puerto Rico Suffers from Presidential Particularism

President Trump has received a lot of criticism for the slow federal response to the damage resulting from Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico. Hillary Clinton suggested that Trump was unaware (as are roughly half of Americans, according to some polls) that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Trump himself explained that Puerto Rico is “an… Read more »

Members of Congress Continue to Speak Out to Make Puerto Rico a Priority

The Puerto Rico humanitarian crisis remains a focal point for Congress in both the Senate and House of Representatives.  On Wednesday, October 4, various members came to the floor of the Senate or House to issue remarks, which are copied in their entirety below. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)  Mr. President, I understand the administration intends… Read more »