Posts Tagged: Nydia Velazquez

Officials Respond to Revised Hurricane Death Toll

The government of Puerto Rico has acknowledged that the death toll for hurricanes Irma and Maria is probably as much as 20 times higher than the official count of 64. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) responded, “It has been tragically clear for some time that the devastation from Irma and Maria was many magnitudes worse… Read more »

Senators Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt

On the day set aside to celebrate Puerto Rico’s constitution, a group of U.S. senators introduced a bill to forgive Puerto Rico’s debt. Puerto Rico owes more than $70 billion to creditors. Then Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared the debt “unpayable” in 2015. The PROMESA fiscal oversight board was put in place to help, among… Read more »

Panel to Investigate Hurricane Maria Response Proposed

A group of four Democratic members of Congress led by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced legislation to create a national commission to investigate the federal response to the 2017 natural disasters in Puerto Rico. Rep. Velázquez along with Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, and Senators… Read more »

Congress Seeks Action on Energy in Puerto Rico

With Hurricane Season 2018 officially beginning, Congress is increasingly talking about Puerto Rico. A lot of the conversations focus on energy. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, has committed to holding a hearing on Puerto Rico in his committee before the end of the month. “We need to look at what… Read more »

Tension among leaders in Puerto Rico and Washington

A series of letters sent back and forth over the past few weeks highlights the tension growing among Puerto Rico’s elected leaders, the PROMESA oversight board (FOMB), and leaders in Washington. The FOMB was scheduled to approve Governor Rossello’s fiscal plan on March 30th of this year, but still has not done so. It is… Read more »

Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics Threatened

The final report of the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico expressed concerns about the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics. The report pointed out the importance of accurate data in government decision making, and listed the many ways in which Puerto Rico is simply left out of U.S. federal government data collection.”In… Read more »

Lawmakers Seek Answers on Puerto Rico Electric Privatization Plan

Following Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s  announcement to privatize the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. José E. Serrano (D-NY) wrote today to the Governor requesting additional details on the plan, including assurances on affordable rates and reliable service. “It is evident to us that… Read more »

Disaster Relief Funding for Puerto Rico Remains Elusive

On December 18, 2017, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) detailing her requests for disaster relief for Puerto Rico. The Resident Commissioner’s requests in her December 18 letter have gone unanswered, but Congress may act before the end of next week to provide disaster… Read more »

González-Colón Sees Some Results in Tax Bill, Waits for More to Come

The landmark federal tax reform proposal released on Friday includes a provision to encourage economic growth in Puerto Rico and other economically distressed areas that was requested by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón and several other members of Congress in a letter to congressional tax leaders. The tax bill omits several of the group’s other… Read more »

Congressional Democrats Ask for Medical Support for Puerto Rico

Almost 60 Democratic Member of Congress sent a letter last week to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) regarding the ongoing healthcare crisis in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The letter begins with a succinct desire to “avoid further fatalities” in the U.S. territories affected by Hurricanes… Read more »