Tag: Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Puerto Rico’s Exclusion From Welfare Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court this week rejected a bid to extend a federal program offering benefits to low-income elderly, blind and disabled people to residents of Puerto Rico, finding that Congress had the authority to prevent those living in the American territory from receiving the assistance. The justices ruled 8-1 in favor of […]

HUD Secretary Meets With USVI and PR Officials About Recovery Efforts, Housing

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge traveled to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, March 29 and to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, April 1 to tour the islands’ disaster recovery efforts, meet with residents, local leaders, and elected officials about housing challenges and their experiences during reconstruction, […]

Puerto Rico To Increase Teachers’ Salaries By $1,000 A Month

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that all public school teachers will receive a temporary $1,000 monthly salary increase starting in July as he promised to make it permanent. The move comes just days after 70 percent of teachers left their classrooms and joined a protest to demand higher wages, better pensions and […]

Puerto Rico Delays Start of Classes Amid Renewed COVID-19 Surge

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Wednesday that he will delay the start of classes at public schools by two weeks and recommended private schools do the same as the U.S. territory grapples with a 36% positivity rate. The public school year is scheduled to resume Jan. 24, with Gov. Pedro Pierluisi stressing that […]

Tropical Storm Fred Likely To Make An Appearance In The Caribbean Today

MIAMI — A disturbance in the Caribbean is expected to become Tropical Storm Fred today and bring needed rain to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center  said. The storm, currently named Potential Tropical Cyclone Six, moved through the southern Leeward Islands overnight and was located about 270 miles east-southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, as of 8 a.m. ET, according to […]

Bryan Gives Reasons For Boondoggles To Florida, Puerto Rico During COVID-19 Crisis

SAN JUAN — Governor Albert Bryan said he attended the first-ever Blue Tide Caribbean Summit in Puerto Rico today because he wants to grow the “blue economy” in the territory.. “In the USVI, we have traditionally governed and operated with our back to the water. However, we have an opportunity now, as we work to diversify […]

Puerto Rico To Open Vaccinations To All Amid COVID-19 Spike

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor announced this week that officials will start vaccinating all those 16 and older beginning Monday, prompting celebrations across the U.S. territory facing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Currently, only people 50 years and older as well as anyone 35 to 49 with chronic health conditions are authorized to receive […]

Bryan Asks CDC To Rescind No Sail Order; Bipartisan Group Of Governors Signs On

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A bipartisan team of governors from five states and Puerto Rico have signed-on to a letter that Governor Albert Bryan sent to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the chairwoman of President Biden’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, asking the CDC to issue updated regulations to […]

Puerto Rico To Get Billions For Hurricane Aid, Reconstruction

SAN JUAN (AP) — Puerto Rico is slated to receive more than $6 billion in federal funds to help it prepare for future hurricanes and other disasters, officials said Tuesday. The money assigned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would be used for infrastructure projects and economic development, among other things, Governor […]