U.S. Senate - Senator Bill Nelson: Puerto Rico

Senator Bill Nelson

 When Puerto Rico was not included in the U.S. House of Representatives disaster bill, Senator Bill Nelson led the successful push in the U.S. Senate to force Puerto Rico into the final bill. 

 The 2017 Tax Bill punished Puerto Rico with increased taxes as the struggling economy post-Maria needed our help most, Senator Bill Nelson spoke out on behalf of our island in opposing the bill and voted no. 

 When Puerto Rico's Medicaid program was at the brink of bankruptcy, Senator Bill Nelson went to work for Puerto Rico to avoid bankruptcy allowing Puerto Rico to continue delivering Medicaid services on the island.

 After Hurricane Maria when our island was in desperate need of help, Senator Nelson worked to secure additional funds for our island's recovery, for the Community Development Block Grant program and additional food and assistance at the federal level.

 As many Puerto Ricans were forced to relocate in Florida and other states on the mainland Senator Nelson fought to extend temporary housing assistance to Puerto Ricans living in Florida each time the assistance was set to run out.

Senator Nelson pushed for equality in extending access to FEMA's Disaster Housing Assistance Program to help those evacuees in need of permanent assistance as was extended to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other major storms on the mainland.

 Senator Nelson has long fought to ensure equality to Puerto Rico by advocating at the federal level -- Senator Nelson has a track record of supporting policies on tax laws, banking and access to equal and proportionate federal funds for Puerto Rico.

 

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OVERDUE HONOR BESTOWED ON MILITARY VETS FROM PUERTO RICO (2014)

SENATOR MEETING WITH OFFICIALS IN PUERTO RICO OVER FINANCIAL CRISIS (2015)

NELSON INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP PUERTO RICO’S SENIORS (2015)

NELSON PUSHES FOR FULL ZIKA FUNDING (2016)

SENATE PASSES FEDERAL FUNDING BILL THAT GIVES $1.1B TOWARD ZIKA FIGHT (2016)

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS: $1.1 BILLION IS NOT ENOUGH TO FIGHT ZIKA

NELSON FILES BILL TO HELP SENIORS IN PUERTO RICO (2017)

FLA. SENATOR BILL NELSON URGES AIRLINES TO CAP AIRFARES FOR THOSE FLEEING MARIA

RUBIO, NELSON URGE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO HELP PUERTO RICO

U.S. SEN. NELSON CALLS FOR SWIFT ACTION ON HURRICANE RELIEF

SENATOR NELSON CALLS FOR AID PACKAGE FOR FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO

RUBIO, NELSON URGE TRUMP TO SEND MORE AID TO PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS

RUBIO, NELSON URGE WHITE HOUSE TO DEPLOY U.S. MILITARY TO PUERTO RICO

NELSON DISCUSSES PUERTO RICO DISASTER RELIEF ON ALL IN WITH CHRIS HAYES

SEN. NELSON MEETS WITH PUERTO RICAN LEADERS ABOUT DISASTER RELIEF

NELSON FILES BILL TO GIVE MARIA EVACUEES QUICKER ACCESS TO FEDERAL BENEFITS

FLORIDA SENATOR: HELP PUERTO RICO AND U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS BEFORE THEY RUN OUT OF HEALTH-CARE DOLLARS

SEN. BILL NELSON DISCUSSES CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO ON SENATE FLOOR - 10.16.17

FLORIDA SENATORS DEMAND FIXES FOR PUERTO RICO’S ROADS, BRIDGES

‘PEOPLE ARE GETTING DESPERATE,’ NELSON SAYS

LAWMAKERS CALL ON FEMA TO PROVIDE HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR EVACUEES

BILL NELSON FILES LEGISLATION TO HELP PUERTO RICO'S MEDICAID WOES

SEN. NELSON PROPOSES BILL TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR MAJOR DISASTER VICTIMS

NELSON SEEKS FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS IMPACTED BY IRMA, MARIA

NELSON CALLS FOR BETTER COORDINATION TO ADDRESS HOUSING NEEDS OF HURRICANE VICTIMS

TAX BILL WOULD ‘SEND ANOTHER HURRICANE TO PUERTO RICO,’ SAYS BILL NELSON

AYUDA PARA SUS SERES QUERIDOS DE PUERTO RICO Y LAS ISLAS VÍRGENES DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS

BILL TO RENAME KISSIMMEE POST OFFICE FOR BORINQUENEERS GETS MARCO RUBIO, BILL NELSON PUSH

SEN. NELSON DISCUSSES HOW GOP TAX BILL WILL AFFECT PUERTO RICO

NELSON SLAMS TAX BILL'S UNEQUAL BENEFITS FOR PUERTO RICANS

U.S. SEN. BILL NELSON WILL TRAVEL TO PUERTO RICO TO SEE HURRICANE MARIA AFTERMATH

SENATOR NELSON VISITS PUERTO RICO, PEOPLE DISPLACED HOPE FOR MORE HELP

RUBIO, NELSON PUSH FOR DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING VOTE IN SENATE

BILL NELSON, MARCO RUBIO DEMAND MORE HURRICANE RELIEF

MARCO RUBIO, BILL NELSON URGE FEDS TO SEND LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PUERTO RICO TO FIGHT CRIME

NELSON CALLS ON SENATE TO ADD DISASTER RELIEF FOR PUERTO RICO IN SPENDING BILL

MARCO RUBIO, BILL NELSON URGE FEMA TO APPROVE HOUSING PROGRAM FOR PUERTO RICO EVACUEES

NELSON, RUBIO CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO PUERTO RICO’S ONGOING POWER WOES

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS URGE FEMA TO SPEED UP REIMBURSEMENT OF DISASTER-RELATED EXPENSES

LAWMAKERS URGE FEMA TO EXTEND HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR STORM VICTIMS THROUGH END OF SCHOOL YEAR

NELSON VISITS PUERTO RICO AS POST-STORM RECOVERY CONTINUES

AHEAD OF PUERTO RICO TRIP, U.S. SEN. NELSON MEETS WITH GROUPS HELPING DISPLACED FAMILIES

NELSON VISITS PUERTO RICO AS POST-STORM RECOVERY CONTINUES

SEN. NELSON ADDRESSES THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO

NELSON REFLECTS ON TRIP TO PUERTO RICO

BILL NELSON FILES BILL TO FORCE MORE FEMA AID FOR DISPLACED PUERTO RICAN FAMILIES

NELSON FILES BILL TO FORCE FEMA TO CONTINUE PROVIDING HOUSING ASSISTANCE TO STORM VICTIMS

GOP BLOCKS NELSON ATTEMPT TO EXTEND FEMA HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR DISPLACED STORM VICTIMS

BILL NELSON MEETS WITH PUERTO RICO EVACUEES IN WASHINGTON

NELSON MEETS WITH DISPLACED PUERTO RICAN FAMILIES