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 »

No Child Tax Credit Equality for Puerto Rico in Congressional Tax Plans

The expansive Republican rewrite of the federal tax code being voted on in the House of Representatives this week contains a provision to increase  the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to $1,600 per child in the fifty states. While under consideration by the Ways and Means Committee, two amendments were introduced to expand the child tax… Read more »

House Subcommittee on the Environment Addresses Environmental Concerns from the 2017 Hurricane Season

The Subcommittee on the Environment will hold a hearing today entitled “Response and Recovery to Environmental Concerns from the 2017 Hurricane Season”. The hearing will examine the Federal, State, local, and private responses to the recovery efforts concerning the recent hurricanes in Texas, the Gulf Coast, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands…. 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 »

How Did Puerto Rico Become a U.S. Territory?

The short answer: the United States won Puerto Rico in a war. From the landing of Columbus in 1492 until 1898, Puerto Rico was a colony of Spain. In 1898, Spain lost the Spanish-American war and gave Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States. Cuba was made a protectorate of the U.S., and the… 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 »

Rep. Gwen Moore Highlights Urgency of Continued Aid for Puerto Rico

On November 7, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the continued urgency to provide relief and recovery aid to Puerto Rico. The statement is printed in full below: Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI): Mr. Speaker, I rise to highlight the continuing urgency of providing relief and recovery aid… Read more »