Posts Tagged: Mitch McConnell

Members of Congress Continue to Speak Out for Puerto Rico Assistance

Members of Congress continued to express their support for Puerto Rico on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives last Thursday. On the Senate floor, remarks were heard from: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE),  and Senator Bryan Schatz… Read more »

RNC Passes Resolution Affirming Equal Citizenship for All Americans – Including Residents of U.S. Territories

The Republican National Committee approved on Friday a resolution affirming equal citizenship for all Americans.  The resolution was tailored to the United States territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. “All American citizens, regardless of their sex, race, color, ethnicity, religion or creed, are entitled to the full enjoyment… Read more »

Carlos “Johnny” Mendez Promises “A New Way of Governing”

In an article in The Hill, Carlos Mendez, the new Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, promised that the November election ushered in “a new way of governing.” For Mendez, the newness focuses on listening to the will of the people of Puerto Rico. “Out went the old ways, when the state government… Read more »

Puerto Rico Legislation to be Considered by U.S. House of Representatives Next Week

It appears increasingly likely that legislation to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis will be voted on by the House of Representatives next week. Earlier today, the House Rules Committee announced that it will meet next week to provide a structured amendment process for consideration of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).  The Committee… Read more »

Borinqueneers to be Honored at Capitol

After years of grassroots efforts, the Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded to the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers, Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol building. The Borinqueneers sprang from the first volunteer regiment established in Puerto Rico in 1899. They were officially established in… Read more »

Puerto Rico Government Releases Bond Exchange Proposal

The Working Group for the Fiscal and Economic Recovery of Puerto Rico released this morning details of a comprehensive voluntary exchange proposal presented to advisors to Puerto Rico’s creditors last week.  This plan can be found on the website of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico here. The proposal seeks to reduce the U.S. territory’s mandatorily payable… 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 »

Pierluisi Asks for Congressional Leadership to Act on Puerto Rico Results

We have previously reported on a letter Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi sent to President Obama in which he asked for the president’s “time, resources and – above all – leadership to help resolve the question of Puerto Rico’s political status.”  Pierluisi has also sent a similar letter to congressional leaders, including House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner,… Read more »