Posts Tagged: Barack Obama

Congress’s Obligation to Resolve Puerto Rico’s Status

The candidates and parties in the recent presidential election spoke up for self-determination for Puerto Rico. Now Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, who also chairs the Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, seems to be brushing the question of status aside. But Congress has a responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico that… Read more »

For Students and Educators: Puerto Rico in the News

It’s hard for students to be able to judge the value of a source. Help your class with critical reading skills and digital citizenship as well by examining an online article. James Glassman wrote an article called, “The Right Medicine for Ailing Puerto Rico.” This article discusses two laws: Chapter 9, a part of U.S…. Read more »

Governor Garcia Padilla’s Letter to President Obama

“I am pleased to inform you,” wrote Governor Garcia Padilla in a letter to President Obama earlier this month, “that I have formally requested that the Legislative Assembly of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico enact legislation calling for a plebiscite to implement the recommendations to that effect contained in the 2011 Report of your Task… Read more »

Obama Endorses Statehood for Washington D.C.

While visiting a D.C. school yesterday, President Barack Obama clearly expressed his preference for statehood for the District of Columbia. “I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” Obama explained. “I think I’ve long believed that D.C. pays — folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country… Read more »

Medal of Honor Awards to Puerto Rican Soldiers

Next month, President Barack Obama will award 24 U.S.. Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In each case, the soldiers have previously received the Distinguished Service Cross, which is the nation’s second highest military award. The Medal… Read more »

Obama Pledges to Expand EITC – Puerto Rico Still Left Out

“There are other steps we can take to help families make ends meet, and few are more effective at reducing inequality and helping families pull themselves up through hard work than the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Right now, it helps about half of all parents at some point. Think about that — it helps… Read more »