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Author: William-Jose Velez

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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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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