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May 23, 2017

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MacArthur Introduces Puerto Rico Task Force Economic Empowerment Act

Source: Puerto Rico Report | MacArthur Introduces Puerto Rico Task Force Economic Empowerment Act Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) has introduced HR 2429, the Puerto Rico Task Force Economic Empowerment Act, in the House of Representatives. The comprehensive bill includes measures designed to “support businesses in Puerto Rico, improve health funding for Puerto Rico, and promote

Velázquez Introduces Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Velázquez Introduces Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), who is the lead Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, has introduced a new bill, “The Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act,” designed to spur small business growth and entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico.” “We’ve seen time

Puerto Rico Debt Syllabus

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico Debt Syllabus The Puerto Rico Debt Syllabus is collection of links to articles, websites, and multimedia on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. It was recently launched by the Unpayable Debt Working Group.It constitutes an impressive storehouse of references for teachers of geography, economics, digital literacy, and critical thinking. The

Trump Administration Calls for Pro-Growth Economic Policies for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Trump Administration Calls for Pro-Growth Economic Policies for Puerto Rico The Trump Administration’s Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on the recent federal omnibus spending legislation (Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017) includes a section on the new administration’s position on Puerto Rico. First, noting the legislation’s inclusion of close to $300

Senators and Board Discuss PROMESA

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Senators and Board Discuss PROMESA On April 7, two U.S. Senators, Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), wrote a letter to the PROMESA fiscal oversight management board [FOMB] expressing concern that the Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is not compliant with the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability

Can Federal Courts Decide Territorial Status?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Can Federal Courts Decide Territorial Status? After “We the People Project” (WTTP) lost its case seeking a judicial declaration redefining territorial citizenship rights, WTPP founder and leader Neil Weare was undaunted. He displayed intrepid political spin skills by insisting repudiation of his legal theory by the federal judiciary in the

Bankruptcy for Puerto Rico?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Bankruptcy for Puerto Rico? Last week, the PROMESA oversight board commenced a federal restructuring initiative under Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) in the U.S. District Court of the District of Puerto Rico. Prior to the filing, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that his

Can Puerto Rico Have Equality Without Statehood?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Can Puerto Rico Have Equality Without Statehood? Territorial rights activist Neil Weare has been raising funds from donors in the U.S. territories since 2013 for “We the People Project” (WTPP). As founder and President of WTPP, Mr. Weare uses the non-profit’s funds to bring lawsuits on behalf of carefully selected

American Enterprise Institute Examines Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis

Source: Puerto Rico Report | American Enterprise Institute Examines Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis As Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló petitioned the fiscal oversight board today for relief under Title III of PROMESA (which the board of approved), the American Enterprise Institute was hosting a conference titled “Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis.” The discussion on economic reform options

House Passes U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act

Source: Puerto Rico Report | House Passes U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday to require investment companies located in Puerto Rico and other U.S. possessions to adhere to federal registration requirements imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Current law exempts such companies from registration requirements with the

What Is a Plebiscite?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | What Is a Plebiscite? Puerto Rico is planning a plebiscite for June 11, 2017. So what is a plebiscite? What is a plebiscite? A plebiscite is a direct vote by registered voters on an important legal or political question. The word comes from French and before that from the Latin

Puerto Rico to Receive $296 million in Medicaid Funding

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico to Receive 6 million in Medicaid Funding Congress is expected to pass this week legislation that provides $296 million for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program. The proposal, which was released early this morning, is scheduled for a vote before the House of Representatives on Wednesday.  A Senate vote could

Puerto Rico’s Ballot Boycott

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico’s Ballot Boycott A number of “commonwealth” and independence supporters have announced their intention to ask their supporters to boycott the June 2017 vote on Puerto Rico’s political status. Governor Rossello responded to the U.S. Department of Justice’s objections to the original ballot by making a series of changes:

Puerto Rico Plebiscites: Past and Present

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico Plebiscites: Past and Present Over the years, Puerto Rico has held several plebiscites asking voters their choice about the type of relationship they would like with the U.S.  The ballot options on the plebiscites have been different, but they include statehood, independence and often a “Commonwealth” option. The Past

English Translation of Puerto Rico’s New Plebiscite Law Released

Source: Puerto Rico Report | English Translation of Puerto Rico’s New Plebiscite Law Released The Puerto Rican government quickly responded to federal concerns with Puerto Rico’s upcoming plebiscite ballot.  Only days after receiving a letter from the U.S. Justice Department noting suggested changes to the ballot and related materials, the Puerto Rico legislature passed and

Trump Tweets on Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Trump Tweets on Puerto Rico President Trump has finally spoken out on Puerto Rico — in a pair of tweets: “The Democrats want to shut government if we don’t bail out Puerto Rico and give billions to their insurance companies for OCare failure. NO!” “Democrats are trying to bailout insurance

Gov Rossello Promotes Fiscal Responsibility and Statehood in Heritage Foundation Speech

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Gov Rossello Promotes Fiscal Responsibility and Statehood in Heritage Foundation Speech Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation today that highlighted his nascent government’s early record of accomplishment and ended with a commitment to push for self determination – and ultimately statehood – for the

House Dem Whip Steny Hoyer’s Statement on Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | House Dem Whip Steny Hoyer’s Statement on Puerto Rico   I was disappointed that the Justice Department chose to interfere in Puerto Rico’s planned referendum on statehood.  By doing so, the Trump Administration is demonstrating exactly why a majority of Puerto Ricans voted five years ago for a change in

Revised Puerto Rico Plebiscite Ballot

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Revised Puerto Rico Plebiscite Ballot The original ballot for the June 2017 vote on Puerto Rico’s political status was rejected by the U.S. Department of Justice. Governor Rossello and other members of the Puerto Rico government have amended the ballot to meet the requirements of the DOJ. The new ballot

Puerto Rico’s Three Status Options

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico’s Three Status Options In 2014, the U.S. government approved funding for a new status vote in Puerto Rico — if the U.S. Department of Justice agreed that the options on the ballot were constitutional. A proposal was made for an up or down vote on statehood for Puerto

Harvard Revisits the Insular Cases

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Harvard Revisits the Insular Cases The Harvard Law Review is re-examining the Insular Cases — the cases from the early 20th century which still dictate the fate of the unincorporated island territories of the United States. For Puerto Rico, the renewed look at the historic legal cases could make a

Justice Department Explains Rejection of Plebiscite Ballot

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Justice Department Explains Rejection of Plebiscite Ballot In a letter sent to Governor Rosselló yesterday, the United States Department of Justice cited “multiple considerations” in rejecting the Puerto Rican government’s proposed ballot for its status referendum planned for June 11, 2017. Writing for the Department, Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana

Puerto Rico Plebiscite Will Include Choice to Remain a U.S. Territory

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico Plebiscite Will Include Choice to Remain a U.S. Territory Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced this evening that the Puerto Rican government would proceed with the June 11th plebiscite despite the refusal of the U.S. Department of Justice to authorize the ballot without giving voters the option to remain a U.S.

Puerto Rico Republican Leaders Clarify “Commonwealth” Option in Letters to U.S. Attorney General

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico Republican Leaders Clarify “Commonwealth” Option in Letters to U.S. Attorney General Puerto Rico Republican leaders have written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions offering guidance, a historic perspective and a forceful recommendation to exclude a “Commonwealth” option from the ballot for Puerto Rico’s upcoming plebiscite vote on June 11th.

Young Republicans Support Statehood for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Young Republicans Support Statehood for Puerto Rico The Young Republican National Federation passed a resolution supporting statehood for Puerto Rico at the organization’s Spring 2017 meeting in Boston last weekend. The resolution began by acknowledging that the national Republican Party platform includes language that “support[s] the right of the United States

Sports Sovereignty and Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Sports Sovereignty and Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, as a territory of the United States, has no sovereignty as a political entity. The Supreme Court confirmed this in 2016, ruling in several cases that Puerto Rico continues to be under the rule of the Territorial Clause, which gives complete power over

Current Territorial Status Not Democratic Choice For Plebiscite Ballot

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Current Territorial Status Not Democratic Choice For Plebiscite Ballot A letter requesting that the U.S. Attorney General withhold certification of the ballot for a federally sponsored political status plebiscite in the territory has been signed by eight members of the U.S. Senate, where the 3.3 million U.S. citizens of Puerto

OPIC for Puerto Rico?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | OPIC for Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico Senator José Nadal Power (“Commonwealth” party) is advocating changes in federal law to re-purpose the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to help Puerto Rico out of its current debt crisis and related economic woes. OPIC is a federal government agency that promotes U.S.

Puerto Ricans Better Off in States

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Ricans Better Off in States The Pew Research Center has reported some new information on the economic reality of life for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and in the States. Currently, more Puerto Ricans live on the U.S. mainland than in Puerto Rico. But the financial position of people

Health Care, the Marshall Islands, and Free Association

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Health Care, the Marshall Islands, and Free Association Free Association is one of the options in the upcoming status vote in Puerto Rico. It is included as a possible form of independence. Since Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States for more than a century and was

A COFA for Puerto Rico?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | A COFA for Puerto Rico? When Puerto Rico votes on June 11th to end its status as a United States territory, one of the options on the ballot will be nationhood with two variations: independence or free association.  This is how the current draft ballot, which is awaiting approval from

2017 Plebiscite Draft Ballot Released

Source: Puerto Rico Report | 2017 Plebiscite Draft Ballot Released The Puerto Rico State Elections Commissions has released a draft ballot for status referendum to be held on June 11, 2017. The ballot begins with “Instructions for the Voter” in both English and Spanish.  The English instructions inform voters that they “can only choose and

Rossello Asks Fellow Governors for Support

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Rossello Asks Fellow Governors for Support Click to enlarge. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has sent letters to the governors of several states asking for their help in persuading their state delegations in Congress to help address the rapidly approaching drop in federal health care funding for Puerto Rico, known as

Honoring Carmen Delgado Votaw

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Honoring Carmen Delgado Votaw On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) honored Carmen Delgado Votaw, whom he called a “civil and human rights giant and passionate participant in the global women’s rights activist community.” Delgado Votaw was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico,

Witnesses Announced for March 22 Hearing on PREPA

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Witnesses Announced for March 22 Hearing on PREPA The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives has released its list of witnesses for its oversight hearing, “The Status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement,” which will be held at

Governor Rossello Takes Action

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Governor Rossello Takes Action “The PNP has taken the right steps in its first 2 months,” according to Alerta Progresista. Alerta Progresista describes its organization as “the largest social media political movement in Puerto Rico.” They’ve compiled a report off all the actions the new government of Puerto Rico has

51st State: Whose Legacy?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | 51st State: Whose Legacy? by Howard Hills, author of Citizens Without a State Maybe the real lesson of the 2016 election is that change in federal law and policy is constant, but the words of the U.S. Constitution alone are the permanent legacy of American federalism. Presidents and their legacies

Rosselló’s Office Vows to Keep Fighting for Medicaid Funding

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Rosselló’s Office Vows to Keep Fighting for Medicaid Funding Recognizing that healthcare funding for Puerto Rico was not included in federal legislation introduced last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s top aide in Washington, D.C. has vowed to continue to fight for critical resources. “It

House Subcommittee Announces Hearing on PREPA Restructuring Support Agreement

Source: Puerto Rico Report | House Subcommittee Announces Hearing on PREPA Restructuring Support Agreement The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs has announced an oversight hearing on the status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) restructuring support agreement. The hearing will be help on Wednesday, March 22 at 10

PROMESA Board Approves Amended Fiscal Plan

Source: Puerto Rico Report | PROMESA Board Approves Amended Fiscal Plan Updated at 3/13  1:51 pm Puerto Rico’s fiscal board, created through the enactment of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), voted unanimously this morning to certify Puerto Rico Governor Ricky Rossello’s fiscal plan, provided that two amendments are made. One amendment

Enhanced Commonwealth and Free Association

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Enhanced Commonwealth and Free Association For many years, Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party (PDP) favored an “enhanced commonwealth” status. The party’s official statement about what that enhanced commonwealth might look like found a national platform in the “Puerto Rico-United States Bilateral Pact of Non-territorial Permanent Union and Guaranteed Citizenship Act,” a bill introduced by

Is Puerto Rico Like Hong Kong?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Is Puerto Rico Like Hong Kong? Alex Lo wrote an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post suggesting that the U.S. government has no right to say China interferes with Hong Kong. Lo’s support for this position is a comparison of Hong Kong and Puerto Rico. The comments about

Does the U.S. Want Statehood for Puerto Rico?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Does the U.S. Want Statehood for Puerto Rico? The upcoming Puerto Rico plebiscite, scheduled for June 11, focuses on the question of whether Puerto Rican voters want statehood or independence/free association. Following the vote, Congress should take action to make the preferred status official. How do the people of the

González-Colón Marks The 100th Anniversary of Puerto Rico’s U.S. Citizenship

Source: Puerto Rico Report | González-Colón Marks The 100th Anniversary of Puerto Rico’s U.S. Citizenship Early this morning in the House of Representatives, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon made a statement recognizing Puerto Rico’s one hundredth anniversary of U.S. citizenship. “I would like to seek equality for millions of citizens living in Puerto Rico,”

FL Congresswoman Murphy Endorses Statehood for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | FL Congresswoman Murphy Endorses Statehood for Puerto Rico Florida Representative Stephanie Murphy (D) joined Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to support Puerto Rico statehood. “A century ago today, a federal law granted U.S. citizenship to individuals born in Puerto Rico,” said the

Governor Submits Alternative Fiscal Plan

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Governor Submits Alternative Fiscal Plan Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello (New Progressive Party) submitted a 10-year fiscal adjustment plan to Puerto Rico’s federally-imposed Financial Oversight and Management Board just before the midnight deadline last night. It begins by calculating the budget gap over the decade at $55.2 billion versus the

Happy Centenary, Puerto Rico!

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Happy Centenary, Puerto Rico! President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act, the law that gave Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship, on March 2, 1917.  That makes March 2, 2017, the 100 year anniversary of Puerto Rican citizenship in the United States. Everyone born in Puerto Rico is a U.S. citizen by

HUBZones and Puerto Rico: A Work in Progress

Source: Puerto Rico Report | HUBZones and Puerto Rico: A Work in Progress In the summer of 2016, more than 82% of Puerto Rico was declared a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone): all of the municipalities of Adjuntas, Coamo, Culebra, Jayuya, Las Marías, Maricao, Salinas, Santa Isabel, Utuado and Vieques plus significant parts of all

Former Governor Alejandro García Padilla: Citizen of the U.S. or Spain?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Former Governor Alejandro García Padilla: Citizen of the U.S. or Spain?   Alejandro García Padilla (Popular Democratic Party), the former governor of Puerto Rico, is a U.S. citizen, as are all people born in Puerto Rico. According to recent press reports, García Padilla is now also a Spanish citizen. This raises an interesting question: Can an individual

New Data on Puerto Rican Migration to the States

Source: Puerto Rico Report | New Data on Puerto Rican Migration to the States A new report on migration for 2015 from the Puerto Rico Statistics Institute shows that people are still moving from the Island to the States in record numbers: 89 millions people made the move in 2015. The result was a net

Trump Order Could Change the Rules for Free Associates States

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Trump Order Could Change the Rules for Free Associates States President Trump is planning a new executive order on the subject of immigration, according to drafts shared by the Washington Post. The major focus of these new drafts: to “ensure the US does not welcome individuals who are likely to

CNE discusses Puerto Rico’s Economy, Announces Plans for New Growth Commission

Source: Puerto Rico Report | CNE discusses Puerto Rico’s Economy, Announces Plans for New Growth Commission Miguel “Mike” Soto-Class, a Puerto Rican economist and founder of the Center for a New Economy (CNE), an independent, non-partisan think-tank devoted to developing a “new economy” for Puerto Rico, discussed the territory’s fiscal and economic situation at a

Honoring the Life of Congressman Robert Garcia

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Honoring the Life of Congressman Robert Garcia Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, spoke in memory of former Congressman Robert Garcia on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday. “I rise today as Puerto Rico’s sole elected representative in Congress to speak about a great man who gave

Controversial Gutierrez Proposal Contradicts Puerto Rican Law

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Controversial Gutierrez Proposal Contradicts Puerto Rican Law Rep. Luis Gutierrez has introduced legislation to hold a new plebiscite in Puerto Rico that recognizes “the U.S. territory’s sovereign nationhood” and enables voters to choose between independence or free association as the island’s new political status. “The colonial relationship with the United States

Puerto Rico’s Choices: Statehood or Independence

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico’s Choices: Statehood or Independence The new referendum law enacted by the Puerto Rico Legislature and signed by Governor Ricardo Rossello defines the political status options for the ballot as statehood or independence. Whether independence in the future will be with or without possible agreement on a treaty alliance

The Legal Reality of Free Association

Source: Puerto Rico Report | The Legal Reality of Free Association As Puerto Rico prepares to vote on status options in its first federally-funded plebiscite, it’s important to make sure that voters fully understand the three status options. The first vote, planned for June 2017, will be between statehood and independence. If independence wins the

Senate Bipartisanship on Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Senate Bipartisanship on Puerto Rico On the floor of the U.S. Senate this morning, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had kind words for Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as the Senate paused from its acrimony to recognize Sen. Hatch for being the longest serving Republican senator in history. Leader

Long Road to Economic Recovery Forecast for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Long Road to Economic Recovery Forecast for Puerto Rico Puerto Rico’s economy may not be as large as it was in 2006 until 2034, according to a new study by a prominent economic consulting firm. The territory’s economy has shrunk by about a fifth since the spring of 2006. The

Plebiscite Bill Passes, Defining Options

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Plebiscite Bill Passes, Defining Options A proposal to hold a status plebiscite vote on June 11, 2017 has been enacted into law in Puerto Rico. The stated goals of the new law are to establish the “[i]mmediate decolonization of Puerto Rico,” and implement a 2014 federal law that provides $2.5 million to

Puerto Rico to Vote on Status on June 11

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico to Vote on Status on June 11 Governor Ricardo Rossello (New Progressive Party/PNP) is expected to sign into law as early as today a bill that he supported which would hold a plebiscite in the islands between statehood and nationhood under a 2014 Federal law. The Legislative Assembly

The Sovereign Free Association Option on the Plebiscite Ballot

Source: Puerto Rico Report | The Sovereign Free Association Option on the Plebiscite Ballot In 2012, the following option was on the Puerto Rico plebiscite ballot: (III) Sovereign Free Associated State: Puerto Rico should adopt a status outside of the Territory Clause of the Constitution of the United States that recognizes the sovereignty of the

Commonwealth Status: A History of Rejection by the U.S.

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Commonwealth Status: A History of Rejection by the U.S. Puerto Rico’s pro-“commonwealth” political party is pushing to include a “commonwealth” option on the ballot of a plebiscite that the territory’s legislature is scheduling to take place on June 11, 2017.  Legislation to authorize the plebiscite is advancing through the Puerto Rican legislature.

Puerto Rico Senate Bill Takes a Step Forward, Opponents Insist on Rejected “Commonwealth” Option

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico Senate Bill Takes a Step Forward, Opponents Insist on Rejected “Commonwealth” Option The Puerto Rico Senate has approved legislation to hold a plebiscite on June 11, 2017 to determine Puerto Rico’s status.  There will be two options on the  ballot: statehood and independence. The Senate proposal, which was given

Consideration of Puerto Rico Senate’s Status Bill Postponed

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Consideration of Puerto Rico Senate’s Status Bill Postponed The Puerto Rico Senate has delayed consideration of legislation calling for a federally-sponsored referendum on Puerto Rico’s political status. The bill, called “The Law for the Immediate Decolonization of Puerto Rico (S.B. 51), ” was introduced by Thomas Rivera Schatz, President of the Puerto Rico

Financial Board to Meet Saturday

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Financial Board to Meet Saturday   The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico has announced that it will meet this Saturday at 8:30 AM Atlantic Standard Time at the Fajardo, Puerto Rico resort — distant from the populous San Juan metropolitan area — at which it has met previously.

President Trump Keeps Silent on Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | President Trump Keeps Silent on Puerto Rico According to a report in Caribbean Business, President Trump met with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello at Trump Towers. Spokespeople for both Trump and Rossello say that the meeting never happened. Trump’s Treasury Secretary nominee, Steve Mnuchin, answered questions from Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Trump Nominee Pledges Bipartisan Solution to Puerto Rico Problems

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Trump Nominee Pledges Bipartisan Solution to Puerto Rico Problems During his nomination hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin told a Democratic Senator that with respect to the territory’s challenges, “we need to figure out a bipartisan solution.” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) used

Can Statehood Wait?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Can Statehood Wait? The Sun Sentinel, a news site from Pal Beach, Florida, recently posted an editorial titled, “Puerto Rican statehood can wait; economy can’t.” The Sentinel led the piece off with a snappy pronouncement: “Puerto Rico should shed its status as a U.S. territory, either by becoming the 51st

Governor Rossello Responds to PROMESA Board

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Governor Rossello Responds to PROMESA Board Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló sent a letter this week to PROMESA Board Chairman José Carrión outlining the actions he has taken so far and the actions he plans to take to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Rossello’s letter began with a list of

Puerto Rico’s Debt Is a Human Rights Issue, Says U.N. Expert

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Puerto Rico’s Debt Is a Human Rights Issue, Says U.N. Expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and several more independent experts from the United Nations requested an invitation from the United States last fall to visit Puerto Rico on a fact-finding trip. Their concerns have now been made public in a statement

New Puerto Rico Status Vote

Source: Puerto Rico Report | New Puerto Rico Status Vote In 2014, Washington approved a $2.5 million appropriation for a new status plebiscite in Puerto Rico, the first federally funded vote on the Island’s status. Former governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla promised to hold the plebiscite in 2016, but this did not take place. Now, the

Gonzalez-Colon Acts to Avoid Medicaid ‘Cliff’; Proposes Medicare B Equality for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Gonzalez-Colon Acts to Avoid Medicaid ‘Cliff’; Proposes Medicare B Equality for Puerto Rico Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) introduced two bills to promote health care equality for Puerto Rico during her first day as the U.S. territory’s Resident Commissioner. Her Medicaid proposal (H.R. 259) seeks to prevent the territory from losing nearly

New CRS Report Issued on Puerto Rico Status

Source: Puerto Rico Report | New CRS Report Issued on Puerto Rico Status The Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan governmental resource for Members of Congress, has released a new report on Puerto Rico’s political status. The central thesis of the report appears to be that status has been an element of every discussion, action, and failure

Gonzalez Introduces Statehood Bill

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Gonzalez Introduces Statehood Bill Just one day after becoming Resident Commissioner, Jenniffer Gonzalez (R-PR) has introduced legislation that would automatically make Puerto Rico a state by 2025 if voters in Puerto Rico ratify this choice in a vote sanctioned by the federal government. The legislation calls for a vote between statehood

Congress’s Responsibility on Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Congress’s Responsibility on Puerto Rico On the floor of the United States Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was clear: “The United States of America should not treat Puerto Rico as a colony. We cannot and must not take away the democratic rights of the 3.5 million Americans of Puerto Rico and give virtually all power

Statehood for Puerto Rico in 2017?

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Statehood for Puerto Rico in 2017? Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States for more than a century, longer than any other territory has had to wait for statehood. Statehood supporters in Puerto Rico think this may be the year for a change in Puerto Rico’s status.

Top 10 Stories of 2016

Source: Puerto Rico Report | Top 10 Stories of 2016 A lot happened in Puerto Rico in 2016. Lots of discussions and actions about Puerto Rico took place in the States, too. The Puerto Rico Report was here to report on all of it. What were the most popular stories in 2016? Here they are

6 Things People Think Trump Said about Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report | 6 Things People Think Trump Said about Puerto Rico A number of statements about Puerto Rico have been attributed to Donald Trump, but most have been fake news. Here are a few of the things Trump was reported to have said about Puerto Rico: That Palestinians should be moved to