Statehood Yes or No Vote for Puerto Rico

President of the Puerto Rico Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz has proposed an up or down vote on statehood for the 2020 elections in November. Senate Bill 1467, translated as the Law for the Final Solution of the Political Status of Puerto Rico, calls for a plebiscite during the general elections on November 3, 2020,  which… Read more »

SEAC Ramon “CZ” Colon-Lopez Continues to Lead

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramon “CZ” Colon-Lopez is now the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking noncommissioned officer. Colon-Lopez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and moved with his family to Bridgeport, Connecticut, when he was in his teens. He enlisted in 1990… Read more »

Gonzalez-Colon Leads Bipartisan Response to Earthquakes

Flanked by fellow U.S. House of Representatives Members from both national parties, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R/New Progressive Party) Saturday said that she plans to introduce a bipartisan bill to appropriate money for assistance related to the earthquakes in the central southwestern part of the island of Puerto Rico since December 28th. Touring… Read more »

U.S. House to Consider $3.35 billion in Emergency Spending for Puerto Rico Next Week

U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) announced on Thursday the release of emergency spending legislation to provide $3.35 billion in assistance to Puerto Rico following a series of recent earthquakes. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tweeted that the House of Representatives will consider the legislation when it returns to Washington… Read more »

U.S. Leaders Urge Action on Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico earthquakes

In the wake of the recent earthquakes that have plagued Puerto Rico, national leaders have spoken up in various contexts in support of their fellow U.S. citizens. On January 13, forty one Members of Congress sent a letter to Ben Carson of HUD, demanding a face to face meeting about the disaster recovery funds which… Read more »

Your Vote’s Value Depends on Where You Live

“One man, one vote” was a popular political slogan in the 1880s. In the 1960s, updated to “One person, one vote” in recognition of woman suffrage, the slogan was used again to protest against apartheid and to tag a series of Supreme Court decisions about voting rights and apportionment of representatives in the legislature. The… Read more »

U.S. Citizenship for American Samoa?

Judge Clark Waddoups of Utah handed down a decision that people born in American Samoa should be citizens from birth, just as the people of Puerto Rico are. The next day he stayed his own decision, waiting for a federal appeal to settle the legal questions this brings up. American Samoa is a small U.S. territory…. Read more »

Puerto Rico after the Earthquakes

Puerto Rico has suffered a series of earthquakes since December 28, 2019, and the tremors continue. One of the results was widespread power outages affecting nearly one million people. Hundreds of thousands are reported to be without running water. 40 quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or more were recorded; the largest measured 6.4 on… Read more »

Lawmakers Ask for Scrutiny of Puerto Rico Tax Loopholes

Reps. José Serrano (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Raúl Grijalva (D-NY) have written a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking him to provide “greater oversight” for Puerto Rico’s tax loopholes. They also asked that the Treasury Department calculate the cost to the federal government of the Island’s special treatment for wealthy… Read more »