Puerto Rico minority party president denounces governor before Congress
SAN JUAN – The president of the Puerto Rico minority Popular Democratic Party, Héctor Ferrer, took his fight against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González’s efforts to achieve statehood for the island to Washington, D.C.
He has been meeting with Republican and Democratic leadership in Congress, as well as lawmakers on House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over matters related to Puerto Rico, trying to defeat a statehood admission bill, which González said has had 46 sponsors join.
“Rosselló and the commissioner lied to Congress about statehood, and today we unmask them before the members of Congress, the national press and political organizations of the United States. The plebiscite they held was illegal, doesn’t have the consensus of Puerto Ricans and is an attempt to distract from the failure of his government,” Ferrer said while in Washington, according to a release Wednesday.
“77% of Puerto Ricans backed a boycott by rejecting Rosselló’s statehood plebiscite. And now, with illegal results, they want to have the Puerto Rican people pay federal taxes. We won’t allow that. This would destroy our economy and dramatically affect the cost of living for our people,” he said.
“The statehood bill has no support in Congress. The federal Department of Justice and eight (8) Senators of the Republican majority clearly told Rosselló in writing that the plebiscite excluded the Commonwealth from the ballot and was not a transparent and fair process. Nevertheless, Rosselló and the Commissioner insist on trying to deceive the United States,” he added.
“It has been the policy of the United States Since 1898 that because Puerto Rico is a poorer economy, all of its tax revenues should go to the local treasury,” Hernández told reporters, The Daily Caller reports. “Now our budget is $9 billion. If you incorporate federal taxation and you establish a structure…similar to that of the states…conservatively, our budget would go down at least by half.”
The outlet quoted Hernández as further adding that: “If under the current situation where we have an oversight board trying to balance the Puerto Rican budget, struggling to balance a $9 billion budget, failing to balance a $9 billion budget, how are we going to have a feasible state with a $4.5 billion budget?” Hernández asked. “It just can’t happen. It’s not feasible”