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If done in a bipartisan way, Promesa can be amended, resident commissioner says

By on March 21, 2019



Rep. González calls the fiscal board’s legal constitution contradictory

SAN JUAN – Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón said Thursday that although it is difficult to achieve amendments to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (Promesa), some amendments could be passed.

“I believe that, today, there are several elements that are already on the table that could have bipartisan effort. There is a bill by congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and myself to force the members of the board and the contractors of the board so that they are transparent about federal contracting. That bill, I believe, will have unanimous support, at least in the House,” González Colón replied to questions from the press.

“There are other areas that I believe, depending on the language, such as for example, essential services and how pensions are protected, that are areas I am well-inclined to support. Also, Congressman [Rob] Bishop has seen how the board has overstepped in public policy, which corresponds to the governor, and that after the passage of a hurricane austerity measures cannot be exclusively implemented without supporting economic development measures and without giving government coffers breathing space. I believe that in these [past] two years, they have been able to see things that are going to cause changes, if they are done in a bipartisan way,” she added.

Asked if she believes amendments related to the power of the Government of Puerto Rico to audit the board can be approved, González Colón said that “there is a possibility.”

“I believe the board contradicts itself because in the case they presented in federal court, they said they are under local jurisdiction and that is why they say the decision of the Federal Appeals [court] does not apply to them. However, they do not allow themselves to be overseen by the local government. So there you have a great irony and a great legal contradiction about the scope of the board,” she said.

The resident commissioner and Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) sponsored a summit on liquefied natural gas, where infrastructure, gas imports and exports, regulations, the role of LNG in national security, new technologies, fuel supply, transportation and the use of LNG in Puerto Rico were being discussed Thursday.


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