The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #24
In Washington, DC
Congressman Serrano Questions Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico Executives
Last week, Congressman Serrano participated in the Natural Resources Committee Hearing “Examining Challenges in Puerto Rico’s Recovery and the Role of the Financial Oversight and Management Board.” Congressman Serrano used his allocated time to question the Board’s Executive Director Natalie Jaresko, its Revitalization Coordinator/Chief Transformation Officer Noel Zamot, and other participants on recovery efforts post-Hurricane Maria.
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Congressman Serrano and González-Colón Introduce Bill to Ensure Federal Funding to Rebuild More Resilient and Efficient Energy Systems After Disasters
Last week, Congressman Serrano and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón introduced the Rebuilding Resilient Energy Systems Act of 2017 that would allow Stafford Act disaster funding to be used to rebuild more resilient and efficient energy systems for major disaster or emergency-designated areas during 2017. This legislation would help states and territories affected by this year’s hurricane season such as Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to rebuild in a way that would save taxpayer money for years to come.
“This timely bill will help disaster-affected areas to rebuild a key infrastructure system looking towards the future, rather than being forced to rebuild to the past,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. “This legislation is a necessary modernizing tool that will allow states and localities to update critical energy systems and make them more resilient and efficient by providing them with necessary financial and technical assistance for such an endeavor. Puerto Rico has been criticized for having an outdated electrical grid and this is our opportunity to help them establish a better, more efficient replacement that would help the island face future hurricane seasons as well as save taxpayers money.”
Congressman Serrano Condemns Trump Administration Decision to End TPS Program
Also last week, Congressman Serrano condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status program that temporarily gives asylum to and protect immigrants from Nicaragua, and to leave TPS holders from Honduras in limbo. Both countries have been affected by natural disasters in recent years and economic difficulties.
“Immigrants with TPS status contribute to our economy and only make our industries and local communities stronger. This is particularly true in the Bronx, where we have a large Honduran community. Today’s decisions will only wreak havoc on immigrant families and industries that are an integral part of our communities. TPS is also a matter of regional stability and national security – the revocation of TPS will only worsen ongoing crises and destabilize already fragile countries in our region. Instead of getting rid of Temporary Protected Status we should immediately consider the American Promise Act, which would allow these individuals to remain in the country and pursue a path to naturalization,” said Congressman Serrano.