Sen. Dalmau Rejects Commission Presidency
Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) Sen. Juan Dalmau rejected Saturday new Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz’s invitation to preside a senatorial commission.
Dalmau justified his decision by affirming his desire to maintain an inspectional position as the new PIP Minority Leader in the high chamber, which is why he understands that presiding the new commission would complicate his position of “constructive opposition.”
“I am thankful for the deference shown by the new senatorial president, to whom I expressed my determination and reiterated my willingness to work with the parliamentary majority on those issues on which there are coincidences, and not to dilute my legislative role of constructive opposition,” expressed Dalmau.
To this, the legislator added as a motive to reiterate his stance that, being in the Senate minority, accepting the presidency of a commission wouldn’t guarantee enough votes to the parliamentary majority to achieve vote approvals.
Several sources told Caribbean Business yesterday that Dalmau, as well as independent senator José Vargas Vidot would preside new commissions in the legislative body according to their areas of expertise.
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