Posts Tagged: Marco Rubio

Puerto Rico Suffers from Presidential Particularism

President Trump has received a lot of criticism for the slow federal response to the damage resulting from Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico. Hillary Clinton suggested that Trump was unaware (as are roughly half of Americans, according to some polls) that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Trump himself explained that Puerto Rico is “an… Read more »

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 »

Board Changes Worker Furlough Plan, Steps up Pressure for Enhanced Federal Assistance

In response to the Hurricane Maria disaster that has devastated Puerto Rico, the territory’s federally-named Financial Oversight and Management Board has dropped its demand that Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares (New Progressive Party-NPP) cut the working hours of all territorial Executive branch employees and pensions by 10% during insular Fiscal Year 2018, which ends next June… Read more »

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón Urges Support for Puerto Rico

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon

On Tuesday, the Resident Commissioner met with the Vice President to get help for Puerto Rico.  The Vice President met with the Resident Commissioner and Senator Marco Rubio to discuss Puerto Rico recovery, including the additional aid that President Donald Trump made available on Tuesday. To raise understanding of the humanitarian crisis that Puerto Rico… Read more »

Trump, Pence and Lawmakers Promise Support for Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Trump tweeted “Governor @RicardoRossello– We are with you and the people of Puerto Rico. Stay safe! #PRStrong.” Governor Rossello tweeted about his phone call with the president. Social media has been a hub for discussion of the hurricane among public servants and for people on the Island, who… Read more »

Washington Reacts to Hurricane Maria

Today is a somber day for Puerto Rico. This morning, the eye of hurricane Maria arrived to the island. Reports from the island already note great damage to the power infrastructure and vast flooding around the streets. With the imminent repercussions that hurricane Maria poses, the federal government is already showing great support to the… Read more »

Rubio Introduces Bill to Increase Wages in Puerto Rico

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, today introduced the Economic Mobility for Productive Livelihoods and Expanding Opportunity (EMPLEO) Act, to help grow Puerto Rico’s economy by making it easier for employers to hire workers and giving every worker on the island an immediate pay raise…. Read more »

Sen. Marco Rubio Eager to Get Started on Economic Growth Task Force

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will serve on the bipartisan Congressional Task Force for Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, which was established by PROMESA, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act. “Congress has a responsibility to create the conditions that will spur job creation, reduce poverty and drive investment in the island,” NBC News… Read more »

Rubio Endorsed by Puerto Rico Leaders

Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio was endorsed by Puerto Rico political leaders in advance of the March 6th Republican primary in the U.S. territory. Residents of Puerto Rico, although they are U.S. citizens, cannot vote in presidential elections. However, they can vote in the primaries. Puerto Rico sends 23 delegates to the Republican National Convention, and… Read more »

Marco Rubio’s Better Future for Puerto Rico

In a piece entitled “Mejor Futuro para Puerto Rico” (“A better future for Puerto Rico”) published in El Nuevo Dia today, presidential candidate Marco Rubio laid out his plans for Puerto Rico if he becomes president. He started with a positive and accurate view of Puerto Rico: Sitting less than 1,000 miles from the American… Read more »