PDP Opposes Creation of Federal Fiscal Control Board
Top officials of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) said on Thursday they do not support the implementation of a federal fiscal control board over Puerto Rico, in light of recent moves the U.S. Congress has carried out to approve such a mechanism in an attempt to tackle the commonwealth’s fiscal and economic crisis.
The PDP will also lobby for legislators to discard any bills filed in the congressional floor to create said federal board, which would have absolute power over Puerto Rico’s fiscal management policies.
Jorge Colberg Toro, a former general secretary of the PDP, and José Alfredo Hernández Mayoral, who recently resigned as the Party’s secretary of federal affairs, said they will raise a solid front to oppose any Congressional attempt to eliminate “the achievements in self-governance that Puerto Rico has attained after years of struggle.”
“To have members of Congress come and throw the democratic conquests that Puerto Ricans have achieved to the trash is something that we will fight against,” said Colberg Toro while presenting a report by constitutional expert Samuel Isaacharoff discarding the notion that Puerto Rico’s current relationship with the United States is colonial in nature, contrary to recent statements that the Obama administration has issued.
Colberg Toro and Hernández Mayoral also said that the two bills filed so far in Congress by the Republican delegation contain errors that would generate an even worse crisis in Puerto Rico.
Former Puerto Rico governor and PDP figure Aníbal Acevedo Vilá echoed such sentiments. In a Thursday blog post published in The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper, he said that Congress’s response to the commonwealth’s fiscal crisis should not be taking away additional powers from the island.
The former governor argued that, if the U.S. government maintains that Congress retains plenary powers over Puerto Rico, it likewise has “plenary responsibility” over the island’s public debt.
“We are not begging for anything,” he wrote. “If Puerto Rico has been denied by Congress the economic tools to deal with this crisis and to foster economic development, then what we are demanding is for the U.S. to answer for the consequences of their actions and lack of actions.”
“The answer cannot be to limit and deprive Puerto Rico of the self-government powers we have,” Acevedo Vilá added. “The answer cannot be to diminish our democracy.”