Posts Tagged: Nydia Velazquez

Who Can Vote in the 2020 Plebiscite?

The next Puerto Rico status vote will take place during the general election in November 2020. The U.S. citizens who are registered to vote in Puerto Rico will be able to vote yes or no for statehood for Puerto Rico. No one else will be allowed to vote. But in the floor debate before the… 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 »

Puerto Rico after the Earthquakes

Puerto Rico has suffered a series of earthquakes since December 28, 2019, and the tremors continue. One of the results was widespread power outages affecting nearly one million people. Hundreds of thousands are reported to be without running water. 40 quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or more were recorded; the largest measured 6.4 on… Read more »

Lawmakers Ask for Scrutiny of Puerto Rico Tax Loopholes

Reps. José Serrano (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Raúl Grijalva (D-NY) have written a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking him to provide “greater oversight” for Puerto Rico’s tax loopholes. They also asked that the Treasury Department calculate the cost to the federal government of the Island’s special treatment for wealthy… Read more »

Ignorance about Puerto Rico Is Still a Problem

Since 2006, retail stores selling cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine have been required to ask for ID from customers buying these medications. Recently, an employee at a CVS drugstore followed this rule and asked for an ID from Jose Gusman-Payano, a student at Purdue University. Gusman-Payano showed his drivers license, and that should have been that…. Read more »

Velazquez and Bishop Speak up for Puerto Rico’s Nutritional Needs

On September 20, Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue urging the Department to “follow Congressional intent” and begin a study on the impact of supplemental disaster Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) funding on food insecurity in Puerto Rico as mandated in federal law enacted in June. “The island continues to suffer from… Read more »

Health & Education Austerity Measures to Be Reevaluated

Several members of Congress have written a letter to the chair of the PROMESA Fiscal Oversight and Management Board requesting reconsideration of austerity measures instituted in Puerto Rico. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) asked… 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 »

House Passes Disaster Relief Bill Including Puerto Rico

In a 257-150 vote, the House passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill. 34 of the “yes” votes came from Republicans, in spite of President Trump’s urgings to vote against the bill, saying, “Republicans must stick together.” Trump followed up with thanks for a “Great Republican vote.” The  bill includes funding for Puerto Rico and… Read more »