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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 been 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.

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

April 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that the Federal Oversight Management Board for Puerto Rico is declining to pursue legal action to recoup fees on bonds that were previously found to be issued unconstitutionally:

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC- Led by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Members of Congress are calling on the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico to recoup fees that were paid out to banks and other advisors in connection with debt the Board previously said is invalid.  

March 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding the President’s remarks to Senators on Puerto Rico:

“The President’s remarks as reported in the media have at long last laid bare the central reason for his Administration’s callous response to Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico -- namely that he does not value the lives of millions of American citizens who reside there.  For the President to vocally oppose and target aid to the most vulnerable in Puerto Rico is shameful, heartless and inexcusable.   

February 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) introduced legislation that would prevent previously appropriated disaster relief funds from being used to finance President Trump’s border wall. 

January 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) today wrote the U.S.

January 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives has approved two proposals authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) aimed at assisting Puerto Rico, as the troubled island continues recovering from economic hardship and historically catastrophic hurricanes.  The amendments were approved as part of H.R. 268, a supplemental spending bill that appropriates additional funding for disaster assistance.   

January 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) responded today to media reports that Trump Administration officials are discussing taking funds from disaster recovery to pay for a border wall:

January 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) marked the first day of the 116th Congress by introducing a range of bills meant to benefit New York’s working families, students, entrepreneurs, seniors and others.  

“With a new Democratic Majority comes renewed opportunity to advance policies that benefit New Yorkers and working people throughout the nation,” Velázquez said. “I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to advance these commonsense proposals in the new Congress.”  

December 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced the “Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act,” legislation that extends to firms working on Puerto Rico’s debt restructuring the same disclosure requirements that apply to companies involved in other bankruptcies.  Recent news reports have documented how McKinsey & Company is advising Puerto Rico on the Island’s debt restructuring at the same time that it holds bonds issued by Puerto Rico. 

December 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on protests and campaigns at both Harvard and Yale regarding the institutions’ relationships with hedge funds that have invested in Puerto Rico’s debt: