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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

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Velazquez Response to Schatz Comments

Velázquez Response to Schatz Comments
July 6, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that, during a radio interview, Thomas Rivera Schatz, Puerto Rican Senate President, used the masculine pronoun in reference to Ana Matosantos, the only female member of Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight Board:

            “These comments are beneath the dignity of Mr. Schatz’s office and an affront to all Puerto Ricans.  Mr. Schatz’s remarks smack of homophobia and he should apologize immediately.  Ana Matosantos has served honorably on the Board and, while she endeavors to wrestle with tough decisions to help the people of Puerto Rico, Mr. Schatz is engaging in reprehensible name calling. He should be ashamed of himself.”


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