Posts Tagged: Bernie Sanders

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 »

Sanders Statement in Response to Congress Puerto Rico Plan

Bernie Sanders issued a press release on April 1st calling on Congress for action. Speaker Paul Ryan had set March 31st as the deadline for a plan, and the draft of a plan was completed on that day. Sanders was one of many responding to the plan with concern, but the first presidential candidate to… Read more »

Sanders Announces a Plan for Puerto Rico

Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has come forward with a plan for Puerto Rico. The Sanders plan states that “As president, Bernie will fight for a U.S. congressionally-sanctioned and binding referendum where the Puerto Rican people would be able to decide on whether to become a state, an independent country, or to reform… Read more »

Donald Trump Never Threatened Puerto Ricans’ Citizenship

As much of the nation — including Puerto Rico — heads for the political party primaries, there is still uncertainty about candidates’ positions on statehood for Puerto Rico. Ben Carson and Marco Rubio have both spoken out for statehood for Puerto Rico, but Cruz and Kasich remain uncommitted (ProEnglish calls Kasich “evasive”) on the subject…. Read more »