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March 13, 2019

Puerto Rico

Congress’s Support for Voting Rights Should Extend to Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Congress passed a bold new voting rights bill mandating automatic voter registration, a federal Election Day holiday, an end to aggressive purging of voter rolls,… Link: Congress’s Support for Voting Rights Should Extend to Puerto Rico

Steps towards Equality for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report With the introduction of new tax and health care related legislation and a recent announcement by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. federal government appears… Link: Steps towards Equality for Puerto Rico

Territory-born Tulsi Gabbard Can Be President – Here’s Why!

Source: Puerto Rico Report Tulsi Gabbard “natural born citizen” POTUS eligible – Here’s why! U.S. military veteran, Member of Congress from Hawaii, presidential candiate,Tulsi Gabbard, was born in the… Link: Territory-born Tulsi Gabbard Can Be President – Here’s Why!

Rep. Darren Soto Presents Puerto Rico Recovery Blueprint

Source: Puerto Rico Report Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) has issued a report with recommendations to help Puerto Rico in four key areas: disaster relief, economic development, debt reform and… Link: Rep. Darren Soto Presents Puerto Rico Recovery Blueprint

For or Against Statehood

Source: Puerto Rico Report Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has been sending a message to his fellow Democrats as the number of Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race… Link: For or Against Statehood

Reducing Child Poverty in Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a report detailing how child poverty in the United States could be cut in half… Link: Reducing Child Poverty in Puerto Rico

Rossello Speaks at Energy and Natural Resources Hearing

Source: Puerto Rico Report Governor Ricardo Rossello spoke to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 26th in a hearing on the state of the… Link: Rossello Speaks at Energy and Natural Resources Hearing

San Juan Mayor Joins Bernie Sanders Campaign

Source: Puerto Rico Report Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, has been named as one of the four co-chairs of the presidential campaign to elect Bernie Sanders in… Link: San Juan Mayor Joins Bernie Sanders Campaign

Gov. Rossello Tells 2020 Presidential Candidates No Wiggle Room

Source: Puerto Rico Report Governor Ricardo Rossello told reporters that 2020 presidential candidates need to be clear on their positions on Puerto Rico statehood before they campaign on the… Link: Gov. Rossello Tells 2020 Presidential Candidates No Wiggle Room

Puerto Rican Contributions to the Arts, Sports, Law, Science and More

Source: Puerto Rico Report Puerto Rico has valuable natural resources, but many observers hold that the people of Puerto Rico are the island’s most valuable natural resource of all. Here… Link: Puerto Rican Contributions to the Arts, Sports, Law, Science and More

Lessons on Tax Breaks from Amazon

Source: Puerto Rico Report When Amazon announced that they were ready to open a second headquarters, hundreds of cities across the nation courted them with tax breaks. New York… Link: Lessons on Tax Breaks from Amazon

National Emergency Declaration Initially Ignites Fears in Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report President Trump has declared a national emergency to give himself more flexibility to appropriate funds to build the border wall which was one of his… Link: National Emergency Declaration Initially Ignites Fears in Puerto Rico

Washington’s Drew Stokesbary Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Rep. Drew Stokesbary, along with 16 others from the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, has presented House Joint Memorial (HJM) 4009 in… Link: Washington’s Drew Stokesbary Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

Drought in Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Right now, two thirds of Puerto Rico is classified as “abnormally dry.” This is enough to affect crops and pastures. 8.9% of the Island is… Link: Drought in Puerto Rico

Equal Treatment for Puerto Rico?

Source: Puerto Rico Report Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) wrote to the Appropriations Committees of both the House and the Senate, asking for equal treatment… Link: Equal Treatment for Puerto Rico?

Congressional Leaders Oppose Jones Act Waiver

Source: Puerto Rico Report Bipartisan leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure have opposed the Rossello Administration’s request for a 10-year “waiver” of the… Link: Congressional Leaders Oppose Jones Act Waiver

Candidate Andrew Yang Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report The first 2020 presidential candidate to support Puerto Rico statehood in a clear public statement is businessman Andrew Yang, running as a Democrat on a… Link: Candidate Andrew Yang Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

Who is in Charge? It’s the U.S. Congress

Source: Puerto Rico Report “There is no doubt that Puerto Rico is, and has been, nothing other than an unincorporated territory under the plenary powers of Congress,” Andres Cordova… Link: Who is in Charge? It’s the U.S. Congress

Why Do Presidential Candidates Visit Puerto Rico?

Source: Puerto Rico Report Residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections. People born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens.  They can vote if they move to a… Link: Why Do Presidential Candidates Visit Puerto Rico?

Clinton Global Initiative in Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting taking place in San Juan this week has developed 30 more initiatives for the region, in addition to the… Link: Clinton Global Initiative in Puerto Rico

Clinton Foundation Visits Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Former President Bill and Hilary Clinton will be in Puerto Rico this week for a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network in… Link: Clinton Foundation Visits Puerto Rico

Elizabeth Warren on Puerto Rico Status

Source: Puerto Rico Report Sen. Elizabeth Warren emphasized dignity for Puerto Rico when she spoke there during a recent visit. “It’s time to show the people of Puerto Rico… Link: Elizabeth Warren on Puerto Rico Status

Democracy as a Public Health Policy

Source: Puerto Rico Report A new study from the University of Michigan reports that Puerto Rico received significantly less help than Florida or Texas in the 2017 hurricane season.… Link: Democracy as a Public Health Policy

CARIB-COAST Project Focused on Climate Change

Source: Puerto Rico Report A multinational research initiative, the CARIB-COAST project, is involving the University of Puerto Rico in a shared undertaking to capture and share data about climate… Link: CARIB-COAST Project Focused on Climate Change

Funds for Puerto Rico “Excessive”?

Source: Puerto Rico Report “Almost a year and a half since the hurricane,” said MSNBC news anchor Chris Hayes in a recent report, “there has been no sustained formal… Link: Funds for Puerto Rico “Excessive”?

Veterans in Congress May See Puerto Rico Differently

Source: Puerto Rico Report The new Freshman class in Congress contains the largest percentage of veterans seen in a decade.  From California’s Gil Cisneros, a former Navy officer, to… Link: Veterans in Congress May See Puerto Rico Differently

Julian Castro Visits Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Julian Castro, who recently announced his intention to run for president in 2020, visited Puerto Rico to attend the Latino Political Summit, organized by the… Link: Julian Castro Visits Puerto Rico

Tax Credits for Puerto Rico

Source: Puerto Rico Report Many Americans are surprised to learn that nearly half of all U.S. households don’t pay federal income taxes, and many of these households receive tax refunds… Link: Tax Credits for 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