Posts Tagged: Bill Clinton

Oscar Lopez Parade Controversy

The 60th national Puerto Rican Day Parade is scheduled for June 11th, the same day as the status referendum vote in Puerto Rico. The parade will take place on Fifth Avenue in New York, a State which has been home to a significant number of people of Puerto Rican heritage since the 1950s. This year, the… Read more »

51st State: Whose Legacy?

by Howard Hills, author of Citizens Without a State Maybe the real lesson of the 2016 election is that change in federal law and policy is constant, but the words of the U.S. Constitution alone are the permanent legacy of American federalism. Presidents and their legacies come and go, Congressional legacies too, but the Constitution… Read more »

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 »

Will Hillary Clinton’s Child Tax Credit Proposal Include Puerto Rico?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced this week her plan to expand the Child Tax Credit for families with young children. The Clinton plan would double the Child Tax Credit to up to $2,000 per child under five years of age and lower the threshold for claiming a refund from $3,000 in earnings to “the first dollar of… Read more »

Puerto Rico Bill Divisions Not Only Partisan

The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee’s hearing today on legislation to address the fiscal problems of government in Puerto Rico demonstrated the extent of differences among Republicans as well as between Democrats and Republicans on the measure, H.R. 4900, introduced late yesterday by Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI). Only four Republicans other than the… Read more »

Clinton Announces Support for Puerto Rico Access to U.S. Bankruptcy Law, Cites Inconsistent Treatment in Economic Decline

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced this morning that she supports providing Puerto Rico’s public entities access to U.S. bankruptcy law to restructure the territory’s $72 billion in debt. “The people of Puerto Rico, our fellow American Citizens, are hurting right now under a weak economy that has been struggling for years. Puerto Ricans are proud American citizens… Read more »

91 in U.S. House Have Sponsored Statehood Bill

Forty additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sponsored the bill to make Puerto Rico a State in 2021 if Puerto Ricans vote for the status again since the bill was first introduced by a symbolic 51 members seven weeks ago. The territory’s resident commissioner in the House, Pedro Pierluisi, is the bill’s… Read more »

Puerto Rico Could be a State in 2021 under US House Bill

A bill to make Puerto Rico a State January 1, 2021 if Puerto Ricans vote for the status again was formally proposed today in the U.S. House of Representatives by a symbolic 51 members. The territory’s resident commissioner in the House, Pedro Pierluisi, led the 50 others from both national political parties in sponsoring the legislation…. Read more »

“Commonwealth” Party Dispute on “Commonwealth” Delays Plebiscite Bill

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla acknowledged late yesterday that the Legislative Assembly will not pass legislation this year providing for a plebiscite on options for resolving the question of Puerto Rico’s political status, as he had asked. The U.S. Congress enacted a law providing for the plebiscite in January. In his State of the Commonwealth address… Read more »