Posts Tagged: Ruben Gallego

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Speaks Up for U.S. Territories

A letter from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asks that the particular needs of Hispanic Americans be considered in upcoming legislation in response to the coronavirus. The letter began by pointing out that minority communities are being affected disproportionately by the pandemic the whole country is facing. Not… 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 »

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 Continue to Speak Out to Make Puerto Rico a Priority

The Puerto Rico humanitarian crisis remains a focal point for Congress in both the Senate and House of Representatives.  On Wednesday, October 4, various members came to the floor of the Senate or House to issue remarks, which are copied in their entirety below. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)  Mr. President, I understand the administration intends… 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 »

Gallego Notes That Puerto Rico Lacks Protections Afforded to Every State in the U.S., Calls it “Unfair” and “un-American”

On December 17th, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to denounce Congress’s failure to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal challenges.  In his remarks, he noted: The omnibus [funding legislation] has been billed as a compromise, but in reality it is packed with Republican policy provisions that only compromise… Read more »

91 in U.S. House Have Sponsored Statehood Bill

Forty additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sponsored the bill to make Puerto Rico a State in 2021 if Puerto Ricans vote for the status again since the bill was first introduced by a symbolic 51 members seven weeks ago. The territory’s resident commissioner in the House, Pedro Pierluisi, is the bill’s… Read more »