The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #17
In Washington, DC
Congressman Serrano Joins Democrats to Unveil “A Better Deal” Agenda for Working Families
Congressman Serrano joined his Democratic colleagues in Congress last week to unveil Democrats’ new economic agenda for the American people – A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.
“Last week, our nation marked six months since the inauguration of President Trump,” said Congressman Serrano. “And even with full control of the legislative process, Republicans have not done a single thing to create good-paying jobs, raise the wages of hard-working Americans or rein in health costs. Democrats are offering A Better Deal that will provide better jobs, better wages and a better future for all hard-working Americans.”
“Hard-working men and women across our nation are tired of being left out and left behind. The American people deserve A Better Deal that puts them first – not a recycling of the tired, failed Republican proposals that tilt the playing field in favor of corporations and the super-rich,” continued Congressman Serrano. “I am proud to join my fellow Democrats to unveil this new ambitious proposal to provide real solutions to create a brighter, more secure economic future for Americans.”
More details are available at: www.dems.gov/abetterdeal
Congressman Serrano Announces Successful Inclusion of Key Language Related to PR in Appropriations Bills
Also last week, on Thursday, Congressman Serrano announced the successful inclusion of report language related to Puerto Rico in the Energy & Water, Department of Defense, and Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Committee Reports. These provisions, some of which were recommended by the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, will help ensure that Puerto Rico is treated fairly by the federal government.
“The government of Puerto Rico needs our help to continue addressing important issues like the cleanup of Vieques and tackling other important problems. As I’ve said time and time again, when it comes to the allocation of our government resources and access to government programs, territories like Puerto Rico get the short end of the stick. Far too often, it is an uphill battle to ensure Puerto Rico is treated equally, so I’m proud to once again work to help the government and the people of Puerto Rico have access to the resources they need to address their needs,” said Congressman Serrano.
In the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, where Congressman Serrano is the Ranking Member, Serrano inserted language directing the Department of Commerce to calculate Puerto Rico’s Gross Domestic Product- something that the Department does for every other state and territory of our nation. He also included language asking the Department to work with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands to eliminate an onerous requirement mandating reporting of certain good shipped between the states and these territories. Both of these changes will help individuals, businesses, and the government of Puerto Rico to better engage in detailed economic analysis of the needs and opportunities in Puerto Rico, and will put Puerto Rico on equal footing with other states and territories.
Additionally, Congressman Serrano successfully included language to help with the ongoing cleanup of Vieques and Culebra in the Department of Defense Appropriations. He also inserted language in the Energy and Water Appropriations report urging the Department of Energy to offer technical and other programmatic assistance to Puerto Rico to support investment in innovative environmental technologies.
Congressman Serrano Meets with CHCI President Domenika Lynch
Congressman Serrano also met on Thursday with Domenika Lynch, President of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to discuss the upcoming CHCI Leadership Conference and the importance of investing in Latinos’ leadership skills: