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Fiscal board reserves opinion on whether Congress will reappoint it

By on March 29, 2019


Gov’s rep to board interested in scrutiny employed

SAN JUAN – After its public hearing on the process of implementing fiscal and structural reforms in the Public Safety Department, the chairman of Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board, José Carrión, declined to comment regarding the possibility that Congress renominates the current seven members of the panel.

“We know that a story was published in the Wall Street Journal about the appointments. We do not have any comment on this,” Carrión replied to questions from the press.

Meanwhile, the governor’s representative to the board, Christian Sobrino, said that according to the article–which reflects the possibility that the current members of the entity established by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (Promesa) would be renominated by President Trump and the Senate–he is interested in seeing the degree of scrutiny exercised.

“It has always been recognized as a possibility, just as that new members could be appointed. Certainly the confirmation process in the Senate and the questions they will have to answer and the scrutiny that they will have to submit to, I would be very interested to see how they will approach it,” Sobrino said in a press conference.

The report centered around an alleged move by Congress to end the declaration of unconstitutionality issued by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, which found the Appointments Clause of the Constitution was violated.

In addition, the court set a 90-day term, which has not expired, for Trump and the Senate to correct appointments or certify their appointments.

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