Posts Tagged: Darren Soto

Even More People Are Leaving Puerto Rico

Two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, most of the Island remains without electricity, safe water is not available everywhere, many businesses are still closed, and many people are still homeless. Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director of the PROMESA fiscal oversight board, predicts that 170,000 people will have left Puerto Rico between Hurricane… Read more »

Members of Congress Recommend Steps to Get Puerto Rico Schools Back on Track

On October 24, 2017, members of Congress wrote a letter to Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, and Director of Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, with recommendations for education agencies in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The US Department of Education will make recommendations for supplemental appropriations in the wake of hurricanes Harvey,… Read more »

Members of Congress Express Solidarity With Puerto Rico

On Wednesday Oct. 11, Members of the House of Representatives spoke on the House floor to express solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico. The following Representatives gave some remarks: Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX),… Read more »

Jenniffer González Colón leads bipartisan letter to President Trump

On Friday, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón led a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in writing a letter to President Trump to request further assistance to Puerto Rico. “We commend your commitment to the U.S. territory and the around-the-clock work your agencies and personnel are carrying out,” the letter began.  “Your recent decision to… Read more »

Natural Resources Committee Democrats Request Oversight Hearing

On Thursday September 28, 2017, the Natural Resources Committee Democrats sent a letter to chairman Rob Bishop requesting an oversight hearing on the administration’s response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Natural Resources Committee has broad jurisdiction over the insular areas of the United States, including Puerto Rico. Due to this broad jurisdiction, the Democratic… Read more »

The Puerto Rican Diaspora Influencing Status

In the run-up to the recent status plebiscite in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican diaspora — people who have moved to the States from Puerto Rico and their descendants — came up in more than one context. First, there are those who believe that the diaspora should have a say in votes on the political… Read more »

Current Bills on Puerto Rico Status

Puerto Rico has held its referendum on political status, and statehood won. But that doesn’t mean that Puerto Rico is now a state. The process of becoming a state requires a law, and laws begin in the U.S. Congress. There are currently several bills which have been introduced or in the process of being introduced…. Read more »

DNC Chair Tom Perez Endorses Statehood

Tom Perez, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, has endorsed statehood for Puerto Rico. As first reported in Politico, Perez has issued a statement that he believes Puerto Ricans should have the same rights as those on the mainland and that his personal view is that statehood is the best method to provide full… Read more »

Washington DC Reacts to Puerto Rico Statehood Vote

As results of the June 11 plebiscite vote have reached Washington this week, a number of congressional leaders have made statements or joined Gov. Rosselló in his visit to the nation’s capital. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a former chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the current highest ranking Democrat on… Read more »

Controversy over Vote Count for the Puerto Rico Plebiscite

Puerto Rico’s most recent plebiscite, held June 11, had a very clear outcome: 97% of voters chose statehood from the three options on the ballot. However, the opposition parties had encouraged a boycott of the referendum and are now trying to discredit the vote, which had a low turnout. In fact, the voting turnout percentage… Read more »