Posts Tagged: Darren Soto

Groups Call for Action on Statehood Proposals

51 Puerto Rico organizations banded together to send a letter to Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) of the House Natural Resources Committee. The letter called for immediate action on the question of Puerto Rico’s political status. Puerto Rico is a territory belonging to the United States. Reps Darren Soto (D-FL)… Read more »

Congressional Dems Call for Renewable Energy in Puerto Rico

renewable energy

A group of Senators and Members of the House sent a letter to Deanne Criswell and Robert Fentor of FEMA, urging FEMA to make sure that $9.6 billion in FEMA funding be spent on renewable energy by PREPA, Puerto Rico’s electrical utility. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chair… Read more »

Rep. Grijalva Requests an Investigation

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, has written a letter to Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), asking for an investigation into alleged insider trading among creditors. Chairman Girjalva was joined by fellow Members of Congress José… Read more »

Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act of 2019

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon has introduced a new Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act. The bill (H.R. 4901) calls for a federally-sponsored plebiscite asking voters simply whether Puerto Rico should become a State. This up-or-down inquiry is the same question Hawaii and Alaska used when they became States of the Union. Under the bill… Read more »

Congressional Committee Considers Puerto Rico Medicaid Challenges

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Medical care in the United States is expensive, compared to other nations. A study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published in Health Affairs, found that Americans spend $9,892 per capita on healthcare costs each year, more than any other country in the world. This is not simply because Americans get more… Read more »

The Vote in Puerto Rico’s June 11 Political Status Plebiscite: Analysis

Puerto Rico’s most recent plebiscite, held June 11, 2017, had a very clear outcome: 97% of voters chose statehood from the territory’s three status options (nationhood in addition to territory status and statehood). The islands’ political factions supporting nationhood and an unprecedented “Commonwealth status” that Federal officials have said is impossible for constitutional reasons  had… 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 »

Statehood Supporters Win Florida Primaries

Primary elections in Florida had been in the news as speculation about the influence of Puerto Rican voters increased in the run-up to the votes. It turns out several of the winners had one thing in common: support for statehood for Puerto Rico. Florida Governor Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) will face Rep. Ron DeSantis… Read more »