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.
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
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, today wrote to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting an extension for the application period for those seeking federal loans to recover from Hurricane Maria.
“9/11 Style” Panel Would Examine Death Toll, Federal Response
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY); Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation to establish a “9/11-style” independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.
Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Study How Fatalities are Determined after Natural Disaster
Washington, DC- Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on a new analysis by Harvard University that suggests the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could exceed 4,000 people:
Measures Incorporated into Larger Defense Package
Washington, DC – As part of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved three amendments authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). The Velázquez-authored provisions will help businesses in Puerto Rico by incentivizing federal agencies to award them contracts, focus federal resources on environmental problems in Vieques and help New York businesses that are looking to transition into employee ownership.
Strengthen their Call that Education Disaster Relief Process is Unfair to Island
Lawmakers Press Secretary DeVos to Explain Why Institutions Close Ties to the Trump Administration Have Received Federal Disaster Funding but Failed to Provide Data on the Number of Displaced Students
Requests Public Hearings, Extension of Public Comment Period
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Carson calling for greater public input and transparency in the allocation of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBGR) funds.
In her letter, Velázquez notes that HUD’s current two-week timeframe for public comment on the agency’s plan for use of this funding would be insufficient to ensure robust community input.
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on S.2155, a bill that would roll back many elements of the Dodd-Frank Act. While Velázquez opposes S.2155 overall, she noted she was pleased the bill includes her legislation, the U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act.
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: