Posts Tagged: Bernie Sanders

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 »

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 »

Menendez Leads Senate in Introducing Tax Legislation to Help Puerto Rico

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced the “Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Equity for Puerto Rico Act,” which would extend the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to all eligible families in Puerto Rico. The initiative is similar to a proposal introduced by the Obama administration… Read more »

Senate Hearing on Puerto Rico Underscores the Need for Action

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources held a hearing today on the Puerto Rican economic crisis, the territory’s unsustainable debt and options for Congressional action. Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) called the hearing to order by reiterating a point made by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) at the Senate Finance Committee hearing held last… Read more »

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Give Puerto Rico Equal Access to Federal Bankruptcy Protections

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation yesterday to grant Puerto Rico the ability to declare bankruptcy for its municipalities and public utilities and avoid the growing fiscal crisis in the U.S. territory.  The legislation, which is identical to a proposal introduced in the House of Representatives by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner… Read more »

Chapter 9 Access for Puerto Rico: 2016 Dems Say Yes, Republicans Split

Earlier this week, former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for allowing Puerto Rico’s public entities access to U.S. bankruptcy law. In her remarks Secretary Clinton, a former Member of Congress, said that “as a first step, Congress should provide Puerto Rico the same authority that states… Read more »