Resident Commissioner named vice chair of Subcommittee that Oversees Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González announced Tuesday her appointment as vice chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, the first time a resident commissioner holds that position.
Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah appointed González as vice chair of the subcommittee, which is in charge of Puerto Rico-related matters, including the work carried out by the fiscal control board established by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or Promesa, and the issue of the island’s political status.
The appointment “demonstrates the importance and seriousness with which Congress will be addressing the issues of Puerto Rico in the coming months,” González said in a written statement.
She assured that from her position she will be supervising the the fiscal oversight board’s work, carry out efforts to obtain parity with the states in healthcare funds and push for the “discussion and solution” of the island’s status issue.
“Our territorial condition is the main reason for the economic debacle our island is facing,” the resident commissioner said.