Puerto Rico’s February 27-March 5, 2017 political week in tweets

by | Mar 7, 2017 | Political Week in Tweets | Comments

New Travel Ban Keeps Restrictions on Six Muslim-Majority Countries

After much controversy over the first Muslim travel ban, President Trump and his administration have made revisions and released a new executive order Monday that now excludes Iraq from the ban but still bars people from Iran, Somalia, and other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

 

What to Expect if Puerto Rico Votes for Statehood

Although 61% of voted for statehood in Puerto Rico in 2012, the result has largely been ignored in the House and the Senate. If the majority vote for statehood again on June 11, the fate of the decision again lies in Congress,and if the island was admitted as a state the House would either have to add seats or reapportion the current ones to accommodate the new state.

 

Planned Parenthood Says No to Trump on Cutting Funds

After President Trump announced his support for federal funding to women’s health organizations if they stopped providing abortion services, Planned Parenthood stepped out against the president. The move by Trump came after he gave mixed feelings on the campaign trail, at some points supporting the cutting of all funding to the organization and other times praising the service of abortion.

 

Former Puerto Rico Senator Arrested

After violating a government ethics law, among other things, former Puerto Rico Senator Mari Tere Gonzalez has been released on a $65,000 bond, claiming she is innocent. The arrest came after a federal jury found others guilty five months ago in one of the U.S. territory’s biggest corruption cases.

 

Rossello Ready to Share Big Plans for Puerto Rico with Trump

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has announced, after meeting with the Treasury Department, the Office of Management and Budget, and other federal agencies that he would like to meet with President Trump to discuss plans for the future of Puerto Rico. Rossello said he thinks he and Trump would find common ground with similar ideas on taxes and their bold approaches to tasks and challenges.

 

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Major Transgender Case

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it would not hear a case on a transgender boy in Virginia, Gavin Grimm, being able to use the men’s bathroom at his high school The decision came after the Trump administration reversed the federal government’s stance on transgender rights.