The Biden administration has pledged to provide Puerto Rico—home to more than 3 million U.S. citizens—with the resources and technical assistance it needs to recover and prosper in the wake of multiple natural disasters and ongoing economic and fiscal crises.
Recent efforts to address the safety of Puerto Rico’s school buildings demonstrate an egregious lack of concern for the U.S. territory’s public school students.
Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.5687, a bill providing emergency spending to aid Puerto Rico's recovery from the recent devastating earthquake and aftershocks. The bill, introduced by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), grants $4.67 billion for continued energy recovery, repairs to the road systems damaged by recent natural emergencies, and...
The recent upheaval in Puerto Rico demonstrates that now, more than ever, progressives must incorporate Puerto Rican self-determination into policy and political agendas.
Puerto Rican families continue to suffer from unemployment and food insecurity following hurricanes Irma and Maria. They deserve to be able to put food on the table for their families, and Congress should address this much-needed funding now.
STATEMENT: Trump Couldn’t Be More Wrong About NAP and HUD Funding for Puerto Rico, Says CAP’s Enrique Fernández-Toledo
Washington, D.C. — In response to the Trump administration’s opposition to H.R. 268, or the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019—which provides supplemental disaster relief, including $600 million in funding for Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP)—Enrique Fernández-Toledo, director of the Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:...
STATEMENT: CAP Applauds Congressional Democrats for Reintroducing Bill to Establish Puerto Rico Hurricanes Commission
Enrique Fernández-Toledo, director of the Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative for the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: We congratulate Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for reintroducing legislation to establish a...
A year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s electric grid, the commonwealth should adopt best practices for reliability, affordability, and emissions reductions from leading states.
CAP sent a delegation of staff to Puerto Rico; here’s what we learned.
The United States has a failing record on responsiveness to communities of color following natural disasters—a record that has only worsened under the Trump administration.
Six months since Hurricane Maria made landfall, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face the same preventable public health crises and trauma that afflicted Gulf Coast communities after Katrina.