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Author: William-Jose Velez

US House approves Jenniffer González-Colón’s Maritime Border Security Review Act

The United States House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón: HR 5869, the Maritime Border Security Review Act. This bill requires the US Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a detailed threat analysis of the United States’ maritime border, including the Transit Zone and the borders and territorial waters of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Federal authorities have long been concerned about criminal activity along the Transit Zone, a seven million square-mile area, roughly twice the size of the continental US, that includes the sea corridors of the western...

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Oversight Board, Governor react to court decision upholding board’s authority over Puerto Rico’s elected government

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico welcomed a federal court decision to uphold its authority to approve and certify fiscal plans and budgets for the territory and its instrumentalities. The board urged the Government to fully implement the certified fiscal plans and budgets. “The certified fiscal plans are Puerto Rico’s roadmap for a better future,” said José Carrión, chairman of the board. “There can be no doubt that the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget certified by the Oversight Board is the only one and must be enforced. We call on all stakeholders to get back to work...

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González-Colón seeks to ease home buying for Puerto Ricans who moved to mainland after Hurricane María

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R, NPP) has presented a bill, HR 6209, to prevent discriminatory treatment against a customer whose income originates in Puerto Rico or another of the US territories who seeks to purchase a home in the rest of the US. “The lack of knowledge about the legal relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States has an effect on the Puerto Ricans who seek to rent or buy a home in the mainland states.  People like the thousands of Puerto Rican families who moved to the mainland states after Hurricane María face problems when...

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González-Colón reacts to FEMA admitting its response in Puerto Rico was inadequate

Puerto Rico’s delegate to Congress, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón reacted to reports of FEMA acknowledging in a report that it was unprepared for the disaster in Puerto Rico following Hurricane María. “After reviewing the report submitted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), we understand the agency itself acknowledged that their response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was not the best. This has been reiterated by agency officials in multiple congressional hearings. The lack of a detailed plan to replenish supplies in Puerto Rico, when 80% of the supplies located on the Island had been sent to the...

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