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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 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:     

November 26, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding protests taking place in San Juan this week to call for action to address gender-based violence on the Island:

November 19, 2018 Press Release

Say Future Aid Shouldn’t be Used for Debt Repayment

Washington, DC – In the wake of President Trump’s statement calling for “no more Puerto Rico relief funds,” Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and six additional Members of Congress have written the President condemning his comment, saying pulling federal relief aid would have a “catastrophic effect on the Island’s already fragile recovery.” 

September 25, 2018 Press Release

“COUNT Act” Will Set Federal Standards for Death Counts

Passage Follows Controversy Surrounding Maria Mortality Rate in Puerto Rico