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Author: William-Jose Velez

US House passes Medicaid, relief funding for American Samoa

The United States House of Representatives has passed significant Medicaid and nutrition assistance funding for American Samoa as part of a disaster relief package that includes funding for Cyclone Gita relief efforts. It is estimated that the bill’s 100 percent Medicaid match waiver would save American Samoa over $10 million throughout the year, and the nutrition assistance for American Samoa is another $5 million, which was added specifically in an Amendment from Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen. The passed bill, HR 268, is an Emergency Appropriations bill for Disaster Assistance for the many states and territories suffering from wildfires,...

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Jenniffer González-Colón introduces bipartisan bill to extend the Child Tax Credit to Puerto Rico

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R) of Puerto Rico addressed the United States House of Representatives Floor today urging Congress to act on the extension of the Child Tax Credit for Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, most of the children live under poverty. Fifty eight percent are living under the federal rate of poverty, and 39% living under extreme poverty. Puerto Rico’s child population has dramatically decreased over the last decade due to migration to the United States pressing to act towards the situation that children are facing in the islands. “Mr. Speaker, today I introduced the Child Tax Credit Equity...

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US Congress poised to ban cockfighting in the US territories

As part of the measures of HR 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, better known as the “Farm Bill”, the United States Congress is poised to ban cockfighting in all five of the US territories, a measure supported by the Humane Society but opposed by all five territorial representatives in Congress. After being passed in the House of Representatives in June 2018, the bill contained no measure addressing cockfighting, despite efforts to the contrary. Once the bill reached the Senate however, the cockfighting ban in the territories was reintroduced, and approved by the Senate in June. Today, the Senate fast-tracked...

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Jenniffer González-Colón supports two bills from Committee on Natural Resources that impact Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP, R) spoke in the US House Floor today in support of on HR 6665, the Offshore Wind for Territories Act and HRes 792, which urges the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente’s place of death near Piñones in Loíza, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places as amended. González-Colón is a co-sponsor of both bills. Puerto Rico has directly experienced the need to have a better energy infrastructure in place, with much higher reliance on renewable energy, to reduce environmental impact and increase...

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