Puerto Rico Rep. González endorses Virginia Rep. Taylor for re-election
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer González announced her support for Rep. Scott Taylor’s re-election for Virginia’s District 2.
The island’s resident commissioner in Washington, D.C. said in a statement that Taylor has been “committed to Puerto Rico and visited the island in April 2018 to inspect the hurricane recovery efforts.”
During his visit, Taylor visited Orocovis alongside González where they met with Mayor Jesús “Gardy” Colón and the representative of the district and alternate spokesman for the Majority in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Urayoán Hernández, to discuss the needed resources to continue recovery work in the municipality. The congresswoman also took the congressman to the island-municipality of Culebra, where he was “able to see first-hand the need for infrastructure funds the municipality was facing.”
Taylor is the “only Republican freshman” in the Appropriations Committee “and maintains a close friendship with the congresswoman,” a release from her office said.
A former Navy SEAL, Taylor was stationed at Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, for a few years, and is one of the original co-sponsors of H.R. 6246, the Act of Admission of Puerto Rico to become the 51 state of the Nation.
In addition, he supported and voted for all three supplemental disaster relief bills, as well as H.R.3823, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017, to provide tax credits for employee retentions.
Taylor supported the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included González’s Maritime Border Security Review Act, which includes her amendment to conduct an air cargo study and the impact of establishing an air carrier hub in Puerto Rico.
The congresswoman’s release adds that Taylor supported the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), which seeks to help communities prepare, respond, recover and mitigate disasters, and increases the focus on pre-disaster mitigation.
“People like Taylor are the ones we need to continue working for the Puerto Rican community. I am confident that he will continue to demonstrate his leadership in favor of the interests of our Hispanic community,” González said during a meeting with the Hispanic community at De Rican Chef restaurant in Virginia Beach.
During her visit, González met with leaders and organizations of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community of Virginia District 2, where they discussed the island’s recovery and request for admission as a statehood. She also participated in a roundtable with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Taylor where they discussed the scope of the legislation passed with businesspeople from the district.