Posts Tagged: Darren Soto

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 »

Velázquez Introduces Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), who is the lead Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, has introduced a new bill, “The Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act,” designed to spur small business growth and entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico.” “We’ve seen time and again throughout the U.S. how entrepreneurship can be a path out of… Read more »

Witnesses Announced for March 22 Hearing on PREPA

The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives has released its list of witnesses for its oversight hearing, “The Status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement,” which will be held at 10:00 am tomorrow. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will appear on the first panel,… Read more »

New Puerto Rico Status Vote

In 2014, Washington approved a $2.5 million appropriation for a new status plebiscite in Puerto Rico, the first federally funded vote on the Island’s status. Former governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla promised to hold the plebiscite in 2016, but this did not take place. Now, the Puerto Rico legislature is considering a bill to hold the… Read more »

Rep. Alan Grayson Calls for Presidential Votes for Puerto Rico

The people of Puerto Rico are natural-born citizens of the United States. This has been true since 1917, when Congress gave citizenship to everyone born in Puerto Rico. Yet people who live in Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections, because the people of the United States don’t vote directly for president. They vote instead… Read more »

Florida’s Puerto Ricans Influence House Races

Puerto Rican voters in Florida are expected to influence the presidential election this year, and it looks as though they’re making their mark on congressional races as well. Kenneth McClintock, former Puerto Rico Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Senate President, has endorsed Democrat Stephanie Murphy, running in Florida’s 7th District against incumbent Congressman John… Read more »