Frente por Puerto Rico outlines strategies for Washington DC visits
SAN JUAN – The three subgroups of Frente por Puerto Rico (Front for Puerto Rico) began Tuesday to draft the documents they will take to the U.S. Congress with specific requests regarding the inclusion of the island in healthcare fund allocations, tax reform and economic development matters ahead of the three visits they will do in September.
In the opinion of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the atmosphere in the federal capital will be receptive to proposals on Puerto Rico. This is because members of his administration have made efforts to eliminate the perception that the mere approval of the federal Promesa law and the creation of the fiscal control board were sufficient to address the island’s economic crisis.
“One of the great steps we are taking forward is that, before, there was a perception that Promesa and the oversight board solved the problem, that when one went to Washington and asked for healthcare [fund] parity or collaboration on a structural reform, they understood they had solved that problem by passing the Promesa law. That perception is no longer a reality,” the governor replied to a question by Caribbean Business.
The governor declared that joint efforts led by the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Carlos Mercader; Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González; and “many collaborators” have results in the elimination of that perception.