Posts Tagged: Luis Gutierrez

Members of Congress Continue to Discuss Relief for Puerto Rico

Members of Congress continued to express their support for Puerto Rico in remarks on Tuesday, October 3. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) made statements. lIn the House of Representatives,  he following representatives spoke out… Read more »

Smith, Velazquez Lead House Democrats in Demanding Better Response to Maria

House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) led 145 Members of Congress in writing a letter to President Trump demanding that the Department of Defense deploy additional resources to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Lawmakers are calling for the appointment of a senior… 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 »

Puerto Rico’s Choices: Statehood or Independence

Opposing Statehood and Independence Camps Accept Terms for Self-Determination on Future Political Status Legal and political measures adopted by the Governor and Legislature in Puerto Rico as well as the U.S. Congress for informed democratic self-determination on the future status of Puerto Rico have been accepted by the leaders of opposing statehood and independence parties… Read more »

Controversial Gutierrez Proposal Contradicts Puerto Rican Law

Rep. Luis Gutierrez has introduced legislation to hold a new plebiscite in Puerto Rico that recognizes “the U.S. territory’s sovereign nationhood” and enables voters to choose between independence or free association as the island’s new political status. “The colonial relationship with the United States has never been starker,” the Congressman explained.  “It is time to return… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Choices: Statehood or Independence

The new referendum law enacted by the Puerto Rico Legislature and signed by Governor Ricardo Rossello defines the political status options for the ballot as statehood or independence. Whether independence in the future will be with or without possible agreement on a treaty alliance known as “free association” would be determined in a subsequent referendum,… Read more »

Long Road to Economic Recovery Forecast for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s economy may not be as large as it was in 2006 until 2034, according to a new study by a prominent economic consulting firm. The territory’s economy has shrunk by about a fifth since the spring of 2006. The report gives three scenarios for Puerto Rico’s economy, ranging from optimistic to pessimistic. The… Read more »

Gutierrez: Congress Needs to Help the U.S. Colony of Puerto Rico

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-NY) did not mince his words in a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives on December 17th, before adjourning for the year.  In his statement, Rep. Gutierrez said: I can’t vote for the omnibus bill because it doesn’t give the people of Puerto Rico some hope for a better… Read more »