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Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón Urges Support for Puerto Rico

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon

On Tuesday, the Resident Commissioner met with the Vice President to get help for Puerto Rico.  The Vice President met with the Resident Commissioner and Senator Marco Rubio to discuss Puerto Rico recovery, including the additional aid that President Donald Trump made available on Tuesday. To raise understanding of the humanitarian crisis that Puerto Rico… Read more »

Washington Begins to Act to Help Puerto Rico

The White House announced on Tuesday that the federal government will cover 100 percent of debris removal and emergency protective measures involved with the hurricane recovery effort. This full federal reimbursement will continue for 180 days from the date of the declaration, said FEMA Tuesday. Puerto Rico was running out of money to match federal… Read more »

Ryan, Pelosi Urge Support for Puerto Rico

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued statements today in support of helping Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. “The stories and images coming out of Puerto Rico are devastating,” Ryan said in a prepared statement. “Congress is working with the administration to ensure necessary resources get to… Read more »

Trump, Pence and Lawmakers Promise Support for Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Trump tweeted “Governor @RicardoRossello– We are with you and the people of Puerto Rico. Stay safe! #PRStrong.” Governor Rossello tweeted about his phone call with the president. Social media has been a hub for discussion of the hurricane among public servants and for people on the Island, who… Read more »

Washington Reacts to Hurricane Maria

Today is a somber day for Puerto Rico. This morning, the eye of hurricane Maria arrived to the island. Reports from the island already note great damage to the power infrastructure and vast flooding around the streets. With the imminent repercussions that hurricane Maria poses, the federal government is already showing great support to the… Read more »

The Puerto Rico Statehood Commission

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello is committed to making Puerto Rico statehood a reality, now that 97% of Puerto Rico voters have chosen statehood in the most recent referendum in June. The next step toward statehood is for Congress to vote to admit Puerto Rico. Thirty-two U.S. territories have already become U.S. states. After they… Read more »

A United Front for Puerto Rico Announces Trump Visit, Outlines Priorities

  The history of the relationship between opposing political parties in Puerto Rico has never been characterized as united. Politicians from the Commonwealth party and from the Statehood party usually do not agree on how to address important issues affecting the island. Through an initiative of Governor Ricardo Roselló, the “Frente por Puerto Rico” –… Read more »

U.S. Senate OKs Puerto Rico Investment Bill

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to end the exemption of investment firms in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories that do exclusive business in those islands from the Investment Company Act of 1940, giving the SEC greater jurisdiction over their activities. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) sponsored the bill with Sens. Orrin Hatch… Read more »