Rosselló Meets with GOP Congressmen in D.C.
SAN JUAN — On Tuesday, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares held various meetings in Washington, D.C., with Republican members of congress during which he discussed Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, the federal Promesa law and the initial fiscal-adjustment measures taken by his administration upon entering office.
“Today we began in the nation’s capital an intense agenda to regain trust in Puerto Rico and achieve the activation of our economy,” Rosselló stated.
Earlier Tuesday, he attended the swearing-in ceremony of Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González, the island’s first woman on the post.
Among the congressmen Rosselló met with were Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chair of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Rob Bishop (R-Utah), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and Puerto Rican Raúl Labrador, a GOP representative from Idaho.
On Wednesday, the governor’s agenda includes meetings with Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)—co-author of Promesa—and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the House Freedom Caucus.
According to a press release issued by La Fortaleza, the implementation of the zero-based budget mechanism “gained special relevance during the talks.” An executive order signed by Rosselló within hours of being sworn in orders the establishment of the new budget system for the next fiscal year, aimed at reducing government agencies’ budgets by 10%.