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 »

Senator-Elect Mitt Romney Supports Puerto Rico Statehood

Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) joins dozens of legislators who are now on record as supporting statehood for Puerto Rico. Romney expressed his support during his 2012 presidential campaign. Then-governor Luis Fortuno quoted Romney in an interview in The Daily Caller, saying, “He [Romney] looked me straight in the eye and he told me that he… Read more »

Economic Opportunity for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico was in a tough economic position before Hurricane Maria. Former Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla had declared the territory’s enormous debt “unpayable” — the result of decades of borrowing more than the Island could hope to pay back. Nearly half the residents of Puerto Rico lived in poverty and the population was both dwindling… Read more »

How Does a Territory Become a State?

Thirty-two U.S. territories have already become states. How did they do it? What is the process for a territory to become a state? The U.S. Constitution has the simple answer: New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any… Read more »

Governor Rossello’s Letter to Congress

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, emphasizing the need for continued support in Puerto Rico. The letter began with a reminder of the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017, and a claim… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Colonial Heritage

In Puerto Rico, Thanksgiving Day is observed with a lavish turkey dinner. Just as that turkey is served with different flavors and side dishes in Connecticut and Georgia, a Puerto Rican Thanksgiving includes special elements like plantains and rice with pigeon peas. But Thanksgiving is one of the few times each year when people throughout… Read more »

Rick Scott Wins Florida Senate Race, Recognizes Puerto Rican Supporters

Rick Scott, currently the Governor of Florida, has won a tough Senate race in Florida. A hand recount of the votes shows Scott 10,033 votes ahead of incumbent Senator Bill Nelson (D), who has conceded. “Now the campaign truly is behind us,” Scott said, “and that’s where we need to leave it. We must do… Read more »