Posts Tagged: Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon

Puerto Rico as a Test of Renewable Energy

FEMA has committed $9.4 billion to rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electrical system. How will the funds be used? Environmental activists want to see renewable energy become the focus. Under the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, 40% of the Island’s electricity must come from from renewable resources by 2025. By 2040, 60% must be renewable, and… Read more »

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 »

Chairman Grijalva Approaching Decisions on Puerto Rico Status

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, held a second day of hearings on the two Puerto Rico status bills currently pending before Congress. “I recognize the responsibility of this Committee to play a leading and constructive role in resolving this issue, which is a priority for the people of Puerto… Read more »

Gonzalez and Rubio Celebrate PPP Loans for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business, have reported that the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has approved loans for Puerto Rico amounting to nearly $2 billion. The loans are designed for small businesses, using the Small Business Administration’s definition of a small… Read more »

Washington Responds to Rossello’s Resignation

Members of the House and Senate expressed a wide range of individual reactions to the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. Some, like Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), congratulated the people of Puerto Rico for deposing Rossello. Marco Rubio (R-FL) took a similar position, saying, “The resignation of Ricardo Rosselló is an opportunity for… Read more »

Congress to Examine Health Care in the U.S. Territories

A Congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow at 10:30 am to examine health care funding in the U.S. territories.  The hearing, which is entitled “Strengthening Health Care in the U.S. Territories for Today and Into the Future,” will cover Puerto Rico’s upcoming extreme loss of Medicaid funding, often referred to as the “Medicaid Cliff.”… Read more »

Florida’s Gubernatorial Debate Touches on Puerto Rico

Last night, Rep. Ron DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam held a nationally televised debate for the Florida governor’s race.The candidates, both hoping to be the Republican nominee to replace current Governor Rick Scott (R), spoke on a number of controversial topics, from gun control to immigration. The candidates were also asked questions about… Read more »

Disaster Relief Funding for Puerto Rico Remains Elusive

On December 18, 2017, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) detailing her requests for disaster relief for Puerto Rico. The Resident Commissioner’s requests in her December 18 letter have gone unanswered, but Congress may act before the end of next week to provide disaster… Read more »