Posts Tagged: Darren Soto

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

Medicaid hearing

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 »

Congress Seeks Action on Energy in Puerto Rico

With Hurricane Season 2018 officially beginning, Congress is increasingly talking about Puerto Rico. A lot of the conversations focus on energy. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, has committed to holding a hearing on Puerto Rico in his committee before the end of the month. “We need to look at what… Read more »

González-Colón Sees Some Results in Tax Bill, Waits for More to Come

The landmark federal tax reform proposal released on Friday includes a provision to encourage economic growth in Puerto Rico and other economically distressed areas that was requested by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón and several other members of Congress in a letter to congressional tax leaders. The tax bill omits several of the group’s other… Read more »

Congressional Democrats Ask for Medical Support for Puerto Rico

Almost 60 Democratic Member of Congress sent a letter last week to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) regarding the ongoing healthcare crisis in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The letter begins with a succinct desire to “avoid further fatalities” in the U.S. territories affected by Hurricanes… Read more »