Posts Tagged: Nydia Velazquez

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 »

Members of Congress Recommend Steps to Get Puerto Rico Schools Back on Track

On October 24, 2017, members of Congress wrote a letter to Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, and Director of Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, with recommendations for education agencies in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The US Department of Education will make recommendations for supplemental appropriations in the wake of hurricanes Harvey,… Read more »

Members of Congress Discuss Disaster Relief Legislation

Numerous Members of Congress have pledged they would treat the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as equal partners to the states in terms of disaster assistance, and on Oct. 12 the House of Representatives made progress in upholding that pledge when it approved a $36.5 billion relief bill. The… Read more »

Natural Resources Committee Democrats Request Oversight Hearing

On Thursday September 28, 2017, the Natural Resources Committee Democrats sent a letter to chairman Rob Bishop requesting an oversight hearing on the administration’s response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Natural Resources Committee has broad jurisdiction over the insular areas of the United States, including Puerto Rico. Due to this broad jurisdiction, the Democratic… Read more »

Members of Congress Speak Out for Puerto Rico Assistance

On Wednesday, several members of Congress in both the Senate and House of Representatives expressed their support for Puerto Rico. Numerous Senators expressed their support for Puerto Rico on the Senate floor: Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Angus King (I-ME), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). A significant number of Representatives also… Read more »