Posts Tagged: Robert Menendez

Senator Jeff Merkley Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

Senate Latino Summit

According to a major Puerto Rico news source, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) spoke out in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico at The Senate Latino Summit last week. El Nuevo Dia reported that the senator said, “It’s time for Puerto Rico to be a state and have representation in the House of Representatives and the… 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 »

Gillibrand Leads Senators Asking for Nutritional Assistance for Puerto Rico

In September, eight U.S. senators, led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D), wrote to Secretary Purdue of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting “much needed food aid” for Puerto Rico.  Unfortunately, the availability of food remains a problem in the United States’ most populous territory of roughly 3.4 million people. The USDA… Read more »

Congress Remains Adamant in Efforts to Aid Puerto Rico

On Thursday Oct. 19, 2017, the following Senators offered remarks in furtherance of the efforts to restore Puerto Rico: Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE): There is an amendment that I have introduced that I know may well not get a vote but that I… Read more »

Board Seeks New Fiscal Plans in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board “is actively working to assess how” the 10-year fiscal adjustment plans for the Government of Puerto Rico and several of its instrumentalities that it adopted “should change in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.” In a letter released Saturday, the Board wrote  to eleven Democratic U.S. Senators… Read more »

Members of Congress Continue to Advocate for Puerto Rico Relief

Members of Congress continued to speak out on behalf of their fellow U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico last week.  On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the following Senators encouraged more action in relief efforts for Puerto Rico: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).  On the… Read more »

Senate Democrats Outline Top Priorities for Rebuilding Puerto Rico, USVI

Senators Nelson (D-FL), Schumer (D-NY) and Cantwell (D-WA) led a group of 26 Senate Democrats yesterday in sending a letter to the White House outlining their top priorities for Puerto Rico recovery. Stressing that “strong and decisive leadership is needed,” the Senators identified eight areas for immediate action: All municipalities in Puerto Rico need to be… Read more »