Gov. Pierluisi Attends President Biden’s Inauguration
Says He is Hopeful Puerto Rico Will Receive Equal Treatment With New Administration
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi participated Wednesday in U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration in Washington, D.C.
The governor said he was hopeful that Puerto Rico will receive equal treatment with this new administration.
Before the swearing-in ceremony, the governor went to the headquarters of the National Governors Association where he was able to spend time with his counterparts from Nebraska, Arizona and Louisiana, among other states.
“It is important to me to have been present representing Puerto Rico at such an important and historic time during the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, representing the end of polarizing times,” Pierluisi said in a statement. “My presence must remind the entire U.S. government leadership that we deserve decent treatment as American citizens.”
Pierluisi stressed that he was confident that the Biden administration will treat Puerto Rico equitably.
“The time has come for equality,” he said. “Puerto Rico expressed itself on November 3rd and decided that it wants the same rights enjoyed by our brothers and sisters who reside in the states. We are American citizens who are proud of our customs, culture, language, but we look forward to participating on an equal footing with America’s democratic processes. I will continue, together with Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González, to fight for our claims to be heard and taken care of.”
On Tuesday, the governor held meetings at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) office with new Director Carmen Feliciano and Rep. González to outline coordinated strategies in addressing Puerto Rico’s priority issues, such as the disbursement of reconstruction funds, and additional federal funds for health and education, among others.
In addition, the governor and resident commissioner met with Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) and discussed their efforts “to achieve equality” for island residents.