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May 29, 2014
Puerto Rico is on the road to economic recovery

 Op-ed by the Director published in The Hill

Whether it’s the government of Puerto Rico’s recent bond offering or new  investment by major multinational companies on our Island, the Commonwealth of  Puerto Rico has been in the news quite a bit in recent months — and members of  Congress and the Obama administration are paying close attention.

In fact, this week the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is hosting  a forum on Capitol Hill focused on the economic situation in Puerto Rico. While  there is still more that needs to be done to get our economy back on track,  Puerto Rico has come a long way in the last year and a half, thanks to a  combination of both innovative ideas and tough choices by Gov. García Padilla to  create sustainable economic growth.   (more…)

March 5, 2014
PRFAA Director’s speech at the “Puerto Rico Health & Insurance Conference 2014”

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The Condado Plaza Hilton

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Good morning.

Thank you for having me here today and to the organizers of this important conference.  I am pleased to follow Dr. Jaime Torres, with whom my office works with on a regular basis on matters important to Puerto Rico.

I have been invited to participate in this event to inform you about what we, the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, is doing in Washington D.C., as well as our regional offices in New York and Florida, on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of residents of Puerto Rico who rely on Medicare. (more…)

February 27, 2014
Bipartisan U.S. Senators Oppose Puerto Rico Statehood “Yes or No” Bill

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in opposition to S. 2020, a bill that calls for a “yes or no” referendum on Puerto Rican statehood.

During his remarks on the floor, Senator Wicker expressed his support of Puerto Ricans’ right to self-determination and said that S. 2020 is a piece of legislation that calls for a referendum that excludes all the other legitimate status options from the democratic process.  Senator Wicker said: “Statehood advocates can attempt to manipulate ballots and election results to support their preferred outcome, but they do so at the expense of the democratic process and the right of every Puerto Rican to have a say in the island’s political future…The ‘Puerto Rico Status Resolution Act’ not only has the potential to trample on people’s rights, but it also distracts from the island’s pressing economic and security concerns.” (more…)

February 12, 2014
Statement from Juan E. Hernández, Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, on the Introduction of Puerto Rico statehood bill

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Juan E. Hernández, Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), expressed disappointment with the so-called “Puerto Rico Status Resolution Act,” which was introduced today by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). The bill calls for a vote on making Puerto Rico the 51st state, despite the fact that a majority of Puerto Ricans have never voted in favor of statehood. The bill fails to address the pressing economic needs of the Commonwealth and the federal priorities that would improve the lives of nearly 4 million Puerto Ricans. Furthermore, this bill comes while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is about to release an economic analysis on the impact of statehood. (more…)

January 22, 2014
Mayors meet with PRFAA’s Director

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Hon. William Miranda, Mayor of Caguas, Juan E. Hernández, PRFAA Director, Hon. Norberto Soto, Mayor of Patillas, Hon. José A. Santiago, Mayor of Comerío, and Hon. Pedro J. García, Mayor of Hormigueros.

Washington, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director, Juan E. Hernández, received today a delegation of 14 members of the Puerto Rico Mayors Association. While on their official trip to participate in the United States Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, they took advantage of the opportunity to meet with the Director of PRFAA. During the meeting, they discussed the process through which federal funds are allocated for areas such as transportation, economic development, and security. (more…)

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