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Author: William-Jose Velez

US House approves $600 million for the Nutrition Assistance Program in Puerto Rico

As had been expected by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP, R), the House of Representatives approved the Disaster Assistance Project (HR 2157) that includes an additional $600 million for the Nutrition Assistance Program (PAN). “Just as I undertook to extend the supplementary disaster aid for the purchase of food in Puerto Rico, today I can announce its approval by both legislative bodies within the disaster assistance project that will go to the office of President Trump, who already promised to sign it. The past months have been concrete efforts whose results we see today. I thank Senators...

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Amata-cosponsored fishing bills examined In committee

Delegate Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R) is an original cosponsor of two fishing-related bills examined in a United States House Committee on Natural Resources hearing, and cosponsored another Pacific bipartisan bill on education policy. The hearing of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife is an important step in advancing these bills forward for a vote. One of the bills is the bipartisan Young Fishermen’s Development Act, HR 1240, which would strengthen the future of fishing in American Samoa, and promote the development of the next generation of commercial fishermen with federal grant support. For the first time, this legislation...

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Jenniffer González-Colón introduces bill to remove the matching requirement under Medicare Part D for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP, R) introduced HR 2172, a bipartisan bill to remove the matching requirement for Medicare Part D drugs for low-income individuals. Medicare Part D is a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit for people with Medicare, provided through private plans approved by the federal government. Beneficiaries can choose to enroll in either a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) to supplement traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan (MA-PD), mainly HMOs and PPOs, that cover all Medicare benefits including drugs. In 2018, more than 43 million of the 60 million people with Medicare...

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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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