Posts Tagged: Bernie Sanders

San Juan Mayor Joins Bernie Sanders Campaign

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, has been named as one of the four co-chairs of the presidential campaign to elect Bernie Sanders in 2020. Yulin Cruz spoke admiringly of Sanders and his record of progressive positions. However, she also said particularly that he would work for a “new path” for Puerto Rico and… Read more »

Sharp Board Response to Democratic Lawmakers

The PROMESA Financial Board (FOMB) recently sent a strong reply  to six of the 34 congressional Democrats who wrote a critical letter to the board three weeks ago. The congressional letter was organized by the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and signed by three senators who are… Read more »

Legislators Ask for FEMA Housing Investigation

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Richard Durbin (D-IL) have asked U.S. Inspector General John Kelly to find answers to questions about the home rebuilding part of FEMA’s work on recovery following Hurricane Maria. Far fewer households were awarded any aid for their homes than is usual in disasters. One… Read more »

Senators Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt

On the day set aside to celebrate Puerto Rico’s constitution, a group of U.S. senators introduced a bill to forgive Puerto Rico’s debt. Puerto Rico owes more than $70 billion to creditors. Then Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared the debt “unpayable” in 2015. The PROMESA fiscal oversight board was put in place to help, among… Read more »

Sanders leads Congressional Democrats in Introducing Bill for Puerto Rico Rebuild

On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accompanied by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT), Gillibrand (D-NY), Warren (D-MA), and Markey (D-MA), Representatives Velazquez (D-NY), Plaskett (D-VI), and Soto (D-FL), held a news conference introducing a comprehensive plan to address the immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and ensure that the islands are able… Read more »

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 »

Congress’s Responsibility for Puerto Rico

On the floor of the United States Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was clear: “The United States of America should not treat Puerto Rico as a colony. We cannot and must not take away the democratic rights of the 3.5 million Americans of Puerto Rico and give virtually all power on that island to a 7-member board….This is not what… Read more »

The Value of Appointing Puerto Ricans on the Fiscal Oversight Board

Four U.S. senators — Robert Menendez (D-NJ),  Jeffrey Merkeley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — wrote letters to the individuals charged with appointing members of the fiscal oversight board mandated in PROMESA, the new law to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis.  The letters, one to the leaders of the house and senate,… Read more »

Puerto Ricans Are U.S. Citizens — Surprised?

A recent poll by The Economist found that most Americans are not aware of some basic information about Puerto Rico. For example, fewer than half of respondents knew that people born in Puerto Rico are natural born citizens of the United States. The Wall Street Journal suggests that this is one of the reasons that… Read more »