Who’s a Real American?

A new poll gives insight into what Americans think makes “a real American.” Surprise! It’s not being born in America or spending most of one’s life in the United States. The Grinnell College poll asked 1,000 adults across the U.S. for opinions on a range of subjects. Here are the characteristics respondents considered most important… Read more »

Legislators Ask for FEMA Housing Investigation

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Richard Durbin (D-IL) have asked U.S. Inspector General John Kelly to find answers to questions about the home rebuilding part of FEMA’s work on recovery following Hurricane Maria. Far fewer households were awarded any aid for their homes than is usual in disasters. One… Read more »

Rep. Grijalva Has Plans for Puerto Rico

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is the incoming chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, the committee which oversees Puerto Rico for Congress. In an interview last week with El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest news source, he outlined his plan for Puerto Rico: He wants to change the relationship between the PROMESA Fiscal Oversight and Management… Read more »

Democrats Criticize PROMESA Board & Plan

Thirty-four congressional Democrats — including the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA and three senators who are 2020 presidential hopefuls — have written the PROMESA Financial Board sharply criticizing the Board’s Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico and the agreement of the Board and the territorial government with creditors of the government’s… Read more »

George H.W. Bush’s Legacy to Puerto Rico

By Howard Hills As a twice successful candidate for Governor of California, Ronald Reagan worked hard for and earned support from some of that state’s important Latino business leaders and voters of Hispanic descent.  In 1980, presidential candidate Ronald Regan hoped to win the Republican primary vote in Puerto Rico as part of a national… Read more »

Former Presidents Support Statehood for Puerto Rico

Congress makes territories into States. Thirty-two territories have already become States, and it has been Congress that has launched the federal process in every case. The President of the United States signs the bill that completes the process, but the president cannot create or vote for the bill. That doesn’t mean that presidents don’t have opinions… Read more »

Remembering George H.W. Bush, Supporter of Statehood for Puerto Rico

President George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, will be remembered as a president with a focus on foreign policy and an impressive resumé. People who worked with him remember him as a man of integrity, deeply committed to public service. He should also be remembered as a friend to Puerto Rico…. Read more »

Puerto Rico Parrot Protection

View in FEMA Multimedia Library The United States had three native parrot species at the beginning of the 20th century. Two of those species became extinct in the 1940s. The remaining U.S. parrot is the Puerto Rican Parrot. This bird is endangered. There were more than a million in the 1800s, but a loss of… Read more »

Letter from House Leaders to DOJ Calls for Puerto Rico Statehood Vote

Congressional leaders have written a letter to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker asking for a federally-sponsored plebiscite in Puerto Rico. The letter  – signed by House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman Emeritus Don Young, Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), and Puerto… Read more »

PDP Leaders Calls for All Bond Cuts to be Equal

A candidate for the Popular Democratic Party’s (PDP) 2020 gubernatorial nomination wrote the expected next chairman of the U.S. House committee with jurisdiction over PROMESA – who he calls a personal “friend” – saying that the debt reduction for all of Puerto Rico’s bond creditors ought to be the same. The PROMESA Financial Board has… Read more »