CHLI Briefing Recap on Federal Tax Reform:
A Path for Economic Development in Puerto Rico
Washington, D.C – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) held a Congressional Briefing on Federal Tax Reform: A Path for Economic Development in Puerto Rico, on May 4, 2017, at the Rayburn House Office building. The briefing is part of the CHLI Congressional Briefing policy series, which aims to facilitate an in-depth dialogue with various perspectives on relevant legislative topics impacting the U.S. Hispanic community.
CHLI President & CEO, Mary Ann Gomez Orta, welcomed the members of the audience and solidified CHLI’s commitment to the millions of U.S. Hispanics in Puerto Rico. For the past few years, CHLI has had the distinct honor of hosting a congressional briefing on various issues affecting Puerto Rico. CHLI was proud to support and facilitate the discussion on the economic development of Puerto Rico, as CHLI is acutely aware that the economic development of Puerto Rico is essential to the prosperity of all U.S. Hispanics.
Congressional remarks were made by CHLI Board Member, Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL). Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R), Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, also provided welcome remarks, see her press release here.
Congressman Curbelo, a member of the Ways and Means Committee assured that he would keep working within the Ways and Means Committee to ensure that “Puerto Rico is treated fairly” through tax reform.
Congressman Soto, Florida’s first Congressman of Puerto Rican descent, said "We need to look at well-established programs that have worked in other states, like Child Tax Credits and Department of Agriculture loans, to give the people of Puerto Rico options to succeed, and make sure we empower the people of Puerto Rico to bring the Island back to prosperity."
All three Members of Congress affirmed their commitment to working together and across partisan lines to bring much needed prosperity back to Puerto Rico.