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January 9, 2019

Puerto Rico

Nutrition Assistance is Different in Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report The federal nutrition assistance program operating in states – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – is an entitlement program that can expand to accommodate changing needs.  Individuals… Link: Nutrition Assistance is Different in Puerto Rico

Sharp Board Response to Democratic Lawmakers

Source: Puerto Rico Report 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… Link: Sharp Board Response to Democratic Lawmakers

New House Rules for Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner

Source: Puerto Rico Report The new House Rules for the 116th Congress were posted this week. One of the new rules is a change affecting Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner:… Link: New House Rules for Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner

Top Stories of 2018

Source: Puerto Rico Report Many of the most popular stories at Puerto Rico Report in 2018 were the articles that answer questions and confusions a lot of Americans still… Link: Top Stories of 2018

Lessons on Free Association from the Marshall Islands

Source: Puerto Rico Report The Republic of the Marshall Islands is an independent nation with a Free Association agreement with the United States. For many years, the United States… Link: Lessons on Free Association from the Marshall Islands

Puerto Rico Lost Nearly 130,000 Residents after Hurricane Maria

Source: Puerto Rico Report The Census Bureau’s newest population estimates claim that the number of residents in Puerto Rico fell by nearly 130,000 between July 2017 and July 2018.… Link: Puerto Rico Lost Nearly 130,000 Residents after Hurricane Maria

PROMESA Board Wants Food Stamp Work Requirement for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report The PROMESA oversight board has written to Puerto Rico Family Department Secretary Glorimar Andújar Matos calling for a work requirement to be tied to the… Link: PROMESA Board Wants Food Stamp Work Requirement for Puerto Rico

Federal Lawmakers Endorse Straightforward Statehood Vote for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Two statements in support of a straightforward statehood “yes or no” vote for Puerto Rico were made in Congress on Thursday. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz… Link: Federal Lawmakers Endorse Straightforward Statehood Vote for Puerto Rico

Would Statehood Have Saved Cockfighting in Puerto Rico?

Source: Puerto Rico Report Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. This means that while people born in Puerto Rico are natural-born U.S. citizens and must… Link: Would Statehood Have Saved Cockfighting in Puerto Rico?

Who’s a Real American?

Source: Puerto Rico Report A new poll gives insight into what Americans think makes “a real American.” Surprise! It’s not being born in America or spending most of one’s… Link: Who’s a Real American?

Legislators Ask for FEMA Housing Investigation

Source: Puerto Rico Report Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Richard Durbin (D-IL) have asked U.S. Inspector General John Kelly to find answers to… Link: Legislators Ask for FEMA Housing Investigation

Rep. Grijalva Has Plans for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report 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… Link: Rep. Grijalva Has Plans for Puerto Rico

Democrats Criticize PROMESA Board & Plan

Source: Puerto Rico Report Thirty-four congressional Democrats — including the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA and three senators who are 2020 presidential hopefuls —… Link: Democrats Criticize PROMESA Board & Plan

George H.W. Bush’s Legacy to Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report By Howard Hills As a twice successful candidate for Governor of California, Ronald Reagan worked hard for and earned support from some of that state’s… Link: George H.W. Bush’s Legacy to Puerto Rico

Former Presidents Support Statehood for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Congress makes territories into States. Thirty-two territories have already become States, and it has been Congress that has launched the federal process in every case. The… Link: Former Presidents Support Statehood for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Parrot Protection

Source: Puerto Rico Report View in FEMA Multimedia Library The United States had three native parrot species at the beginning of the 20th century. Two of those species became… Link: Puerto Rico Parrot Protection

Letter from House Leaders to DOJ Calls for Puerto Rico Statehood Vote

Source: Puerto Rico Report U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman Emeritus Don Young, Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Doug LaMalfa (R-CA),… Link: Letter from House Leaders to DOJ Calls for Puerto Rico Statehood Vote

PDP Leaders Calls for All Bond Cuts to be Equal

Source: Puerto Rico Report A candidate for the Popular Democratic Party’s (PDP) 2020 gubernatorial nomination wrote the expected next chairman of the U.S. House committee with jurisdiction over PROMESA… Link: PDP Leaders Calls for All Bond Cuts to be Equal

Senator-Elect Mitt Romney Supports Puerto Rico Statehood

Source: Puerto Rico Report Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) joins dozens of legislators who are now on record as supporting statehood for Puerto Rico. Romney expressed his support during his… Link: Senator-Elect Mitt Romney Supports Puerto Rico Statehood

Economic Opportunity for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Puerto Rico was in a tough economic position before Hurricane Maria. Former Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla had declared the territory’s enormous debt “unpayable” — the… Link: Economic Opportunity for Puerto Rico

How Does a Territory Become a State?

Source: Puerto Rico Report Thirty-two U.S. territories have already become states. How did they do it? What is the process for a territory to become a state? The U.S.… Link: How Does a Territory Become a State?

Puerto Rico’s Colonial Heritage

Source: Puerto Rico Report In Puerto Rico, Thanksgiving Day is observed with a lavish turkey dinner. Just as that turkey is served with different flavors and side dishes in… Link: Puerto Rico’s Colonial Heritage

The Arecibo Message and the Google Doodle

Source: Puerto Rico Report Over forty years ago today, in 1974, a message was sent from the observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to … well, any life forms out… Link: The Arecibo Message and the Google Doodle

Will Puerto Rico’s Population Stabilize?

Source: Puerto Rico Report El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s major newspaper, has been polling the Island population for thirty years. The most recent poll found that 25% of respondents… Link: Will Puerto Rico’s Population Stabilize?

Boricuas United:  Puerto Ricans from Across the Nation Gather in DC

Source: Puerto Rico Report After an initial delay due to weather concerns, Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies, “Centro”, held the second annual Puerto Rico Diaspora Summit on… Link: Boricuas United:  Puerto Ricans from Across the Nation Gather in DC

Alex Cora Receives a Hero’s Welcome

Source: Puerto Rico Report Caguas, Puerto Rico, gave a hero’s welcome to Alex Cora, his family, his teammates, and the World Series Trophy. Cora, the first Puerto Rican team… Link: Alex Cora Receives a Hero’s Welcome

Independence for New Caledonia?

Source: Puerto Rico Report New Caledonia, a South Pacific archipelago, has belonged to France since 1853. Last week, a referendum on independence brought out more than 80% of the… Link: Independence for New Caledonia?

Medicaid Inequity in Puerto Rico Continues

Source: Puerto Rico Report Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) wrote to the PROMESA Fiscal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) last month, expressing concern over the unequal treatment Puerto Rico receives… Link: Medicaid Inequity in Puerto Rico Continues

Alex Cora, First Puerto Rican Manager to Win the World Series

Source: Puerto Rico Report The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series for the 9th time in their history. Naturally, Boston is excited. But manager Alex Cora, who… Link: Alex Cora, First Puerto Rican Manager to Win the World Series

Congressional Reps Ask FOMB to Justify Austerity Measures

Source: Puerto Rico Report Four Democratic members of Congress who are active on Puerto Rico related issues have written to the PROMESA Financial Board to strongly object to the… Link: Congressional Reps Ask FOMB to Justify Austerity Measures

Whitehouse Talks About Statehood

Source: Puerto Rico Report Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) recently announced on Twitter that he “would support statehood for Washington DC and Puerto Rico if either of those proposals came… Link: Whitehouse Talks About Statehood

Puerto Rico’s Insect Population Is Dwindling, Too

Source: Puerto Rico Report A series of research reports from biologists worldwide has shown that the world’s insect population is falling sharply. A new report published in in the… Link: Puerto Rico’s Insect Population Is Dwindling, Too

Tweets Get National Attention After PROMESA Board Hearing

Source: Puerto Rico Report During its 15th public meeting today, the Federal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) voted unanimously to certify a fiscal plan to govern the U.S. territory… Link: Tweets Get National Attention After PROMESA Board Hearing

Lin-Manuel Miranda “Closing Hamilton’s Loop”

Source: Puerto Rico Report On a recent episode of the Colbert Show, Lin-Manueal Miranda, creator of Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, explained that founding father Alexander Hamilton ended up in the… Link: Lin-Manuel Miranda “Closing Hamilton’s Loop”

Politics, Hurricanes May Slow, Can’t Stop Puerto Rico Statehood Vote

Source: Puerto Rico Report by Howard Hills Puerto Rico’s transition to statehood was disrupted during turbulent high level management changes at U.S. Department of Justice in April of 2017… Link: Politics, Hurricanes May Slow, Can’t Stop Puerto Rico Statehood Vote

A Solution to the U.S. Senate’s Lack of Diversity

Source: Puerto Rico Report Of the 100 current U.S. Senators, 91% are non-Hispanic and white. In the U.S. House of Representatives, 88% of Members are in the same demographic… Link: A Solution to the U.S. Senate’s Lack of Diversity

Problems with Territorial Governments

Source: Puerto Rico Report According to Trading Economics, the United States gets a perceived corruption ranking of 16, while Puerto Rico has a perceived corruption ranking of 31. That… Link: Problems with Territorial Governments

Google Honors Roberto Clemente

Source: Puerto Rico Report Google’s Doodle today celebrates a hero from Puerto Rico. On Newsy’s documentary about Puerto Rico, Resilience, one speaker laments that Americans in general “don’t know… Link: Google Honors Roberto Clemente

#Fairness4Territories Breaks the Mold

Source: Puerto Rico Report Territories come up on Twitter roughly every two minutes, according to social media data tool Social Mention. But the tweets are not talking about the… Link: #Fairness4Territories Breaks the Mold

Tributes to Florida’s Puerto Rican Heroes

Source: Puerto Rico Report Several Central Florida leaders from Puerto Rico were honored on the floor of the House of Representatives by Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) last month in… Link: Tributes to Florida’s Puerto Rican Heroes

The Child Tax Credit in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Source: Puerto Rico Report A new study from the Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico reports that 30% of parents of young children in Puerto Rico lost their jobs or… Link: The Child Tax Credit in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Insular Cases unrelated to denial of federal voting rights in U.S. territories

Source: Puerto Rico Report By Howard Hills Federal court rulings defined territories with non-citizen populations as “unincorporated,” but U.S. citizens in “incorporated” territories also were denied federal voting rights… Link: Insular Cases unrelated to denial of federal voting rights in U.S. territories

Jenniffer González-Colón Proposes New Historic Landmarks

Source: Puerto Rico Report Jenniffer González-Colón (R-P.R.), Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, has introduced four bills to declare notable Puerto Rico sites as National Historic Landmarks. The Jose Celso… Link: Jenniffer González-Colón Proposes New Historic Landmarks

Puerto Rico’s Military Support of the United States

Source: Puerto Rico Report In the 1770s, while still under Spanish rule, Puerto Rican soldiers joined General Bernardo de Gálvez, Governor of Louisiana, in support of the American Revolutionary… Link: Puerto Rico’s Military Support of the United States

Trump: No to Puerto Rican Statehood Because of San Juan Mayor

Source: Puerto Rico Report In a radio interview on Monday with Fox News’ Giraldo Rivera, President Trump rejected the idea of statehood for Puerto Rico as long as San… Link: Trump: No to Puerto Rican Statehood Because of San Juan Mayor