Posts Tagged: Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senators React to Puerto Rico Visit

U.S. senators who visited Puerto Rico Saturday had differing reactions to the requests and the territory’s needs. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for “a plan, a type of ‘Marshall Plan, no matter what it takes.” Fellow Democrat Richard Blumenthal (CT) contended that, “We need a financial plan immediately.” He suggested that it be developed among… Read more »

Senate Democrats Outline Top Priorities for Rebuilding Puerto Rico, USVI

Senators Nelson (D-FL), Schumer (D-NY) and Cantwell (D-WA) led a group of 26 Senate Democrats yesterday in sending a letter to the White House outlining their top priorities for Puerto Rico recovery. Stressing that “strong and decisive leadership is needed,” the Senators identified eight areas for immediate action: All municipalities in Puerto Rico need to be… Read more »

Oscar Lopez Parade Controversy

The 60th national Puerto Rican Day Parade is scheduled for June 11th, the same day as the status referendum vote in Puerto Rico. The parade will take place on Fifth Avenue in New York, a State which has been home to a significant number of people of Puerto Rican heritage since the 1950s. This year, the… Read more »

How Each State Voted on PROMESA

PROMESA, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, was signed into law by the president last week after receiving resounding votes in both U.S. the House of Representatives and Senate. The details on the vote show that it truly was a bipartisan vote. PROMESA won by a strong majority, which can be seen… Read more »

Cantwell, Reid Turn to McConnell for Action on Puerto Rico

Senator Maria Cantwell, (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were joined by 44 of their Democratic colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding action on Puerto Rico’s fiscal problems. “We write to you with concern for the 3.5 million… Read more »

Senate Proposal Calls for U.S. Control in Puerto Rico

Two bills to resolve the financial problems of Puerto Rico were introduced by Republicans in the U.S. Congress yesterday. The legislative proposals were introduced after Senate Republicans blocked a move by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to grant the territory the authority of a State to enable insolvent instrumentalities to restructure debts under Federal Bankruptcy Code Chapter… Read more »

Menendez Leads Senate in Introducing Tax Legislation to Help Puerto Rico

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced the “Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Equity for Puerto Rico Act,” which would extend the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to all eligible families in Puerto Rico. The initiative is similar to a proposal introduced by the Obama administration… Read more »

Senator Robert Menendez Calls for Help for Puerto Rico

Robert Menendez (D-NJ), spoke on the Senate floor on Tuesday night about the need to help Puerto Rico: I again urge, as I recently did in a letter to Secretary Lew, along with seven members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – that the Department of Treasury move beyond simply providing technical assistance and take a… Read more »