Posts Tagged: Charles Schumer

Members of Congress Continue to Speak Out for Puerto Rico Assistance

Members of Congress continued to express their support for Puerto Rico on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives last Thursday. On the Senate floor, remarks were heard from: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE),  and Senator Bryan Schatz… Read more »

Members of Congress Speak Out for Puerto Rico Assistance

On Wednesday, several members of Congress in both the Senate and House of Representatives expressed their support for Puerto Rico. Numerous Senators expressed their support for Puerto Rico on the Senate floor: Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Angus King (I-ME), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). A significant number of Representatives also… Read more »

Washington Begins to Act to Help Puerto Rico

The White House announced on Tuesday that the federal government will cover 100 percent of debris removal and emergency protective measures involved with the hurricane recovery effort. This full federal reimbursement will continue for 180 days from the date of the declaration, said FEMA Tuesday. Puerto Rico was running out of money to match federal… 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 »

Speaker Ryan Pledges to Resolve Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis by March 31st

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan late this afternoon said that he was “instructing” House committees to “work with the Puerto Rican government to come up with a responsible solution” to “Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis” by March 31st. As first reported in the Hill, Ryan made it clear that this would not include broad authority… Read more »

Senate Proposal Calls for U.S. Control in Puerto Rico

Two bills to resolve the financial problems of Puerto Rico were introduced by Republicans in the U.S. Congress yesterday. The legislative proposals were introduced after Senate Republicans blocked a move by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to grant the territory the authority of a State to enable insolvent instrumentalities to restructure debts under Federal Bankruptcy Code Chapter… Read more »

U.S. Senators Offer Proposal to Treat Puerto Rico Equally in Federal Health Care Programs

A group of U.S. Senators has introduced legislation (S. 1961) to improve treatment of the U.S. territories in federal health care programs.  The Senate proposal, a companion to Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2635), was introduced by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gilllibrand (D-NY),  Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Robert Menendez… 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 »