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Puerto Rico gov meets with Democratic Hispanic Caucus

By on December 14, 2017

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló met with the Democratic Hispanic Caucus in Congress to discuss the effects that the federal tax reform will have on the island and “the need for Puerto Rico to receive equal treatment in the supplementary relief bill, after the disaster caused by Hurricane María,” according to Wednesday’s release.

The meeting participants included José Serrano (D-NY), Darren Soto (D-FL), Raúl Ruiz (D-CA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), and the president of the caucus, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).

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They agreed with the governor that the jobs created in Puerto Rico are American jobs and therefore must be protected and that “a new tax on the island would distress the economy, contrary to the provisions of the Promesa Act approved by Congress and which is supposed to contribute to the economic development of Puerto Rico,” the release reads.

At the same time, the caucus expressed support for Puerto Rico to be treated in the same way as other U.S. jurisdictions affected by natural disasters during the discussion of the supplemental package that is expected to be approved in the coming days.

The governor was meeting with several senators and representatives as well for the discussion in the conference committee of the federal tax reform.

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