Posts Tagged: Nydia Velazquez

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 »

The Vote in Puerto Rico’s June 11 Political Status Plebiscite: Analysis

Puerto Rico’s most recent plebiscite, held June 11, 2017, had a very clear outcome: 97% of voters chose statehood from the territory’s three status options (nationhood in addition to territory status and statehood). The islands’ political factions supporting nationhood and an unprecedented “Commonwealth status” that Federal officials have said is impossible for constitutional reasons  had… Read more »

Funds for Puerto Rico “Excessive”?

“Almost a year and a half since the hurricane,” said MSNBC news anchor Chris Hayes in a recent report, “there has been no sustained formal U.S. government inquiry into what happened to lead to the deaths of as many Americans as died in 9/11.” There have been calls for such an inquiry, but it has… Read more »

Sharp Board Response to Democratic Lawmakers

The PROMESA Financial Board (FOMB) recently sent a strong reply  to six of the 34 congressional Democrats who wrote a critical letter to the board three weeks ago. The congressional letter was organized by the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and signed by three senators who are… Read more »

Rep. Grijalva Has Plans for Puerto Rico

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is the incoming chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, the committee which oversees Puerto Rico for Congress. In an interview last week with El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest news source, he outlined his plan for Puerto Rico: He wants to change the relationship between the PROMESA Fiscal Oversight and Management… Read more »