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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Puerto Rico

When she was sworn into Congress in 1993, Congresswoman Velázquez made history as the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. A native of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, the Island and its people have long been dear to her heart. 

In addition, many residents of New York’s 7th District hail from Puerto Rico and have family or other close ties to the Island. From working to solve the Puerto Rican debt crisis to bolstering small businesses on the Island, the Congresswoman has been a longtime champion for Puerto Rico.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Congresswoman Velázquez has be at the forefront of recovery efforts. From traveling to the Island to assess the damage to demanding an immediate supplemental funding package, to calling for a more robust and effective response from the Trump Administration, she is urging Washington to provide swift and sustainable relief aid.

You can find the Congresswoman discussing these relief efforts on CNN and MSNBC.

For a list of the relief efforts the Congresswoman is supporting, please click here

The Congresswoman in Sunset Park, Brooklyn organizing relief aid for Hurricane Maria victims. 

More on Puerto Rico

February 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on a report in the New York Times regarding FEMA rewarding and then voiding a contract for emergency food delivery in Puerto Rico to a one-person firm with a history of previous botched contracts:

February 1, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC –Following the Governor’s announcement to privatize the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. José E. Serrano (D-NY) wrote today to Governor Ricardo Rosselló requesting additional details on the plan, including assurances on affordable rates and reliable service.  
January 30, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union address: 
“After running a Presidential campaign fueled by some of this country’s ugliest, darkest sentiments, followed by a year in office spent trying to rip healthcare from millions of Americans and enact an enormous tax cut for the extremely wealthy at everyone else’s expense, it will take more than platitudes for Donald Trump to change the course of his presidency.  
October 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that the Governor of Puerto Rico has called for cancellation of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s contract with Whitefish and started the process of entering “mutual aid” agreements with the states of Florida and New York:

“I am pleased the Governor has taken this necessary step. As I have said previously, my primary concern in all of this is seeing power restored for the people of Puerto Rico.

October 12, 2017 Press Release
With Conflicting Reports, Lawmakers Ask for Thorough Investigation into Total Fatalities
Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, wrote the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asking for an investigation into underreporting in the official death toll following Hurricane Maria. 
October 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement today regarding the President’s comments alluding to debt forgiveness for Puerto Rico:

“It seems one of the few positives out of the President’s trip to Puerto Rico is an acknowledgement of how the Island’s debt will constrain its physical and economic recovery.  While I agree with the sentiment that something will need to be done to address the Island’s financial challenges, the President failed to lay out any specifics as to how he would ‘wipe out’ Puerto Rico’s debt.

September 29, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Velázquez and Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico calling for a complete write-off of the Island's debt. Read the letter, here