Posts Tagged: Al Franken

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 »

Senate Democrats Outline Top Priorities for Rebuilding Puerto Rico, USVI

Senators Nelson (D-FL), Schumer (D-NY) and Cantwell (D-WA) led a group of 26 Senate Democrats yesterday in sending a letter to the White House outlining their top priorities for Puerto Rico recovery. Stressing that “strong and decisive leadership is needed,” the Senators identified eight areas for immediate action: All municipalities in Puerto Rico need to be… Read more »

Health Care, the Marshall Islands, and Free Association

Free Association is one of the options in the upcoming status vote in Puerto Rico. It is included as a possible form of independence. Since Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States for more than a century and was a colony of Spain for four centuries before that, it may be difficult… Read more »

How Each State Voted on PROMESA

PROMESA, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, was signed into law by the president last week after receiving resounding votes in both U.S. the House of Representatives and Senate. The details on the vote show that it truly was a bipartisan vote. PROMESA won by a strong majority, which can be seen… Read more »

Cantwell, Reid Turn to McConnell for Action on Puerto Rico

Senator Maria Cantwell, (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were joined by 44 of their Democratic colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding action on Puerto Rico’s fiscal problems. “We write to you with concern for the 3.5 million… Read more »