Posts Categorized: People

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 »

Members of Congress Continue to Discuss Relief for Puerto Rico

Members of Congress continued to express their support for Puerto Rico in remarks on Tuesday, October 3. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) made statements. lIn the House of Representatives,  he following representatives spoke out… Read more »

President Donald Trump Brings Large Team to Puerto Rico, Issues Statements on Hurricane Maria

President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico todayto see first-hand the island’s humanitarian crisis. A number of top officials joined the president for Tuesday’s trip, including Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Small Business administrator Linda McMahon, Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert, budget director… Read more »

Jenniffer González Colón leads bipartisan letter to President Trump

On Friday, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón led a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in writing a letter to President Trump to request further assistance to Puerto Rico. “We commend your commitment to the U.S. territory and the around-the-clock work your agencies and personnel are carrying out,” the letter began.  “Your recent decision to… Read more »

Natural Resources Committee Democrats Request Oversight Hearing

On Thursday September 28, 2017, the Natural Resources Committee Democrats sent a letter to chairman Rob Bishop requesting an oversight hearing on the administration’s response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Natural Resources Committee has broad jurisdiction over the insular areas of the United States, including Puerto Rico. Due to this broad jurisdiction, the Democratic… Read more »

Board Changes Worker Furlough Plan, Steps up Pressure for Enhanced Federal Assistance

In response to the Hurricane Maria disaster that has devastated Puerto Rico, the territory’s federally-named Financial Oversight and Management Board has dropped its demand that Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares (New Progressive Party-NPP) cut the working hours of all territorial Executive branch employees and pensions by 10% during insular Fiscal Year 2018, which ends next June… Read more »