Popular Democratic Party Lawmakers Want to Question the Governor (Documents)
SAN JUAN – The spokesmen of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate and the House, Eduardo Bhatia and Rafael “Tatito” Hernández, respectively, announced Monday the filing of a resolution in both bodies so that the governor, Wanda Vázquez Garced, undergoes an interpellation process on the questions that U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley asked her about the multimillion-dollar purchase of rapid COVID-19 tests, and investigations initiated during this administration on the handling and response to emergencies.
They also indicated that they will file another resolution to summon the governor to answer the letter sent to her by the U.S. senator at a press conference.
“In tune with the call made by the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) through its president, Aníbal José Torres, today (Monday) we will be filing two concurrent resolutions in the House and Senate to demand that the governor answer the questions in the letter of April 20, 2020 by one of the members of the Finance Committee of the Federal Senate,” Bhatia said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Hernández called on the majority New Progressive Party to have the will to act. “If there really is a will on the part of the legislators of the New Progressive Party, pass the resolutions demanding a response from the governor today without an intermediary,” he stressed.
The letter sent by Senator Grassley on April 20 questions the awarding of contracts such as the purchase of rapid tests to detect the coronavirus to a company without experience in healthcare, the Whitefish Energy contract and the politicization of the Statistics Institute. He also raised questions related to investigations such as supplies found in Ponce and expired medical products in Vieques, among others.