Governor of Puerto Rico meets with Democratic Hispanic Caucus to discuss federal tax reform and supplementary aid after Hurricane Maria
(December 13, 2017 - Washington, DC) Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló met with the Democratic Hispanic Caucus to discuss the effects that the federal tax reform will have on the Island and the need for Puerto Rico to receive equal treatment in the supplementary relief bill, after the disaster caused by Hurricane Maria.
At the meeting held last night in Congress, the participants included José Serrano (D-NY), Darren Soto (D-FL), Raúl Ruiz (D-CA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), and the president of the Caucus, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM). The president of the Caucus informed that the other members excused themselves for calendar reasons, but assured that they are very attentive to support Puerto Rico.
The Hispanic caucus agreed with the governor that the jobs created in Puerto Rico are American jobs and therefore must be protected.
In addition, a new tax on the Island would distress the economy, contrary to the provisions of the PROMESA Act approved by Congress and which is supposed to contribute to the economic development of Puerto Rico.
At the same time, the Hispanic Caucus showed its support for Puerto Rico to be treated in the same way as other United States jurisdictions affected by natural disasters during the discussion of the supplemental package that is expected to be approved in the coming days.
The governor will continue his agenda today in the federal capital where he will meet with several senators and representatives for the discussion in the Conference Committee of the federal tax reform. In addition, he will meet with the president of the Puerto Rico Federation of Mayors, Carlos Molina, several mayors of the Island, and the Puerto Rico resident commissioner, Jenniffer González.