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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

June 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­­ – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) introduced the “Puerto Rico Health Care Fairness, Accountability, and Beneficiary Access Act of 2019,” legislation that would put Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program on a path to parity with other Medicaid programs throughout the United States. 

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­­ – The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) aimed at advancing the cleanup of Caño Martín Peña, a 3.7-mile channel in San Juan that has long been plagued with environmental problems. 

June 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­­ –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on House passage of Emergency Supplemental appropriations legislation, which includes funding for Puerto Rico.

“While I’m relieved Republicans finally saw reason and allowed this badly needed aid to move forward, it is shameful that it took so long to approve emergency assistance the House approved months ago.  The funding included for Puerto Rico in this bill is desperately needed for our fellow citizens who have suffered tremendously for so long.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on the passing of Rafael Hernández Colón:

            “This morning, Puerto Rico lost one of the giants of its modern political history. Rafael Hernández Colón was a statesman, a brilliant political mind and a tireless fighter for economic and social justice.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) testified today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of her legislation that would establish a “9/11-style” commission to examine the federal response to Hurricane Maria. Her full testimony is below.

“Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify about a very important piece of oversight legislation – H.R. 229, a bill to create a “9/11-style” commission to investigate the federal response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Raúl M.

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.