Posts Tagged: Don Young

Congress’s Obligation to Resolve Puerto Rico’s Status

The candidates and parties in the recent presidential election spoke up for self-determination for Puerto Rico. Now Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, who also chairs the Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, seems to be brushing the question of status aside. But Congress has a responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico that… Read more »

Congressional Committee Considers Puerto Rico Legislation Today

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources held a short session late yesterday to begin the first part of its consideration of the bill on Puerto Rico fiscal matters worked out by Republican leaders with the U.S. Treasury Department and Democratic leaders last week, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (H.R. 5278),… Read more »

The Relationship between Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Many Americans continue to be confused about Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States. The Skimm says Puerto Rico is “like a college kid — kinda independent, kinda not.” Bloomberg says, “The political and economic relationship between U.S. territories and their neglectful overlords in Washington is a blueprint for continuing moral hazard.” But the United… Read more »

Two Themes Dominate at Congressional Hearing

During the recent Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs hearing on the need to establish a “Financial and Economic Growth Authority” for Puerto Rico, two points came up repeatedly. The first was that Puerto Rico would benefit from an independent board to oversee fiscal systems. Nearly all of the witnesses… Read more »

New House GOP Chairman Open to Statehood

It became clear yesterday that the new Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives committee with lead responsibility for the political status of territories is open to statehood for Puerto Rico. Rob Bishop (Utah) was quoted as saying that he would not be opposed if a majority of the committee wanted to pass a… Read more »

New U.S. House Chairman on Puerto Rico’s Status

As PUERTO RICO REPORT disclosed, Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) has gotten territories issues added to the Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee he has chaired for four years on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs and   the Alaskan has been very active before in trying to enable Puerto Rico’s territorial status to be replaced by a fully… Read more »