Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act of 2019

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon has introduced a new Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act. The bill (H.R. 4901) calls for a federally-sponsored plebiscite asking voters simply whether Puerto Rico should become a State. This up-or-down inquiry is the same question Hawaii and Alaska used when they became States of the Union. Under the bill… Read more »

Congressional hearing on PROMESA reforms raises statehood issue

On Tuesday, October 22, the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on a proposal by the Committee Chairman, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), to amend the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). While the focus of the hearing was on the possible changes to the controversial 2016… Read more »

Dave Martinez Proud to Represent Puerto Rico in the World Series

Dave Martinez, General Manager of the Washington Nationals, a New Yorker whose parents came from Puerto Rico, enjoys the opportunity to represent the Island in the World Series. He told Puerto Rico news outlet El Nuevo Dia “Representing Puerto Rico and the whole family makes me happy.” His family in Puerto Rico is excited for him,… Read more »

Carlos Correa Represents Puerto Rico in the World Series

Puerto Rico has sent many prominent baseball players to the world series and this year is no exception.  The National League champion Houston Astros boasts Ponce-born Carlos Correa on the team. Correa, 24, won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2015.  Since that time, his accomplishments have quickly grown.  He is widely recognized… Read more »

Rep. Grijalva Introduces House Resolution Rejecting Insular Cases

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has introduced a House resolution rejecting the Insular Cases, a group of 20th century Supreme Court decisions defining the relationship between the United States and island territories that the nation had recently acquired. Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez, Delegates Plaskett of the… Read more »

Velazquez and Bishop Speak up for Puerto Rico’s Nutritional Needs

On September 20, Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue urging the Department to “follow Congressional intent” and begin a study on the impact of supplemental disaster Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) funding on food insecurity in Puerto Rico as mandated in federal law enacted in June. “The island continues to suffer from… Read more »

Supreme Court Considers PROMESA Board

The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which passed in 2016, set up the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) to keep track of Puerto Rico’s fiscal recovery and to help reorganize the Island’s debt. Throughout its existence, the board has been struggling with questions of whether to favor the territory’s creditors… Read more »

Florida Democratic Party Endorses Puerto Rico Statehood

The Florida Democratic Party endorsed Puerto Rico statehood in a resolution approved at its state convention in Orlando on Saturday. The resolution – entitled “Supporting the admission of Puerto Rico as a state of the United States” – was part of the 2019 resolutions package. The text of the resolution begins by pointing out that… Read more »

The Danger of Medicaid Cliffs

In late September, Congress provided a short-term fix to maintain current levels of Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico until November 21. Yet if Congress does not act soon, significant federal funds for Puerto Rico will expire at the end of the year, forcing a substantial number of people in Puerto Rico to begin 2020 without… Read more »

Puerto Rico-USA Foundation Petitions for “Incorporated Territory” Status

A prominent organization in Puerto Rico is supporting permanent union and equal rights of U.S. citizenship for Americans by asking the U.S. Congress to reclassify the territory’s political status. The Puerto Rico-USA Foundation wants the U.S. national legislative branch to exercise its power over territories and change the territory’s current designation as “unincorporated” to “incorporated”… Read more »