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Author: William-Jose Velez

Norton secures 200 cosponsors for DC statehood bill

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) announced today that she has secured a historic 200 cosponsors for her bill to make the District of Columbia a state, the Washington, DC Admission Act (HR 51). “We salute the 200 cosponsors of the District of Columbia statehood bill and thank them for their support for equal citizenship,” Norton said.  “We will not stop here, however, as we build momentum for a vote on the bill on the House floor this Congress for the 700,000 residents of the nation’s capital, who pay the highest income taxes per capita in the United States.” New...

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Oversight Board appeals First Circuit ruling to US Supreme Court

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico today announced that it will ask the United States Supreme Court to review the February 15, 2019 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which held that members of the Oversight Board are federal officers who have to be appointed pursuant to the Appointments Clause of the US Constitution. The Oversight Board will also ask for a stay of the First Circuit’s mandate, pending the US Supreme Court consideration of the Oversight Board’s petition for a writ of certiorari. The Oversight Board has been given the...

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Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón urges those affected by Hurricane María to benefit from SBA grants

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP,R) of Puerto Rico encourages those affected by Hurricane María who have not requested assistance yet from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to do so, as the agency continues accepting late applications under certain requirements. Individuals can apply for assistance by calling the SBA offices in Puerto Rico or the FEMA Community Resource Center that is still open all around the islands. The deadline for filing claims to SBA was June 18, 2018; however, the agency explained that it will continue accepting late claims, “resulting from essential important causes beyond the control of the applicant”....

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González-Colón and Rosselló demand federal government disburse development and relief funds

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP, R) and Governor Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D) sent a joint communication to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), advocating for the early disbursement of Community Development Block Disability Relief funds as part of the recovery efforts for the islands in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María. One year after the most recent appropriation of funds in Congress under the CDBG-DR for areas affected by natural disasters in 2017 and more than six months after announcement of the second tranche of allocations by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development...

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Oversight Board wants the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission to fluctuate with electoral cycle

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico is recommending that the Government of Puerto Rico take the necessary steps to adjust the operations of the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission (the “CEE” in Spanish) to fluctuate with the electoral cycle and restructure its organization to become more efficient. In a letter to the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D), Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz (NPP) and House Speaker Carlos J. Méndez Núñez (NPP), the Oversight Board stated that while the SEC does essential work to bolster democracy by registering voters and managing the electoral process,...

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