Puerto Rico is still recovering from two unprecedented and destructive storms, Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Congress finally approved emergency supplemental funding in February 2018, but it was not nearly enough to help put Puerto Rico back on a path of sustained growth. Millions of Medicaid beneficiaries in Puerto Rico still face the threat of losing their health care, and the Island continues to receive second-class treatment at every stage of disaster recovery. Puerto Rico needs robust federal support to recover, grow its economy, and build a more resilient home for its people.
Puerto Rican turnout in 2016 had a significant down-ballot impact, including the election of the first Florida Puerto Rican to the U.S. House of Representatives. Puerto Ricans are quickly becoming the largest Hispanic group in the state of Florida and will have the power to reshape Florida politics for years to come. Puerto Ricans are in a position to elect people to Congress that will fight for fair treatment for U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico.
The Puerto Rican vote in Florida is a vote for our community and for our family and friends back home who are voiceless and underrepresented despite being U.S. citizens. Generations of us have moved stateside looking for better economic opportunities and have become enfranchised in the process. Our President and Congress have a responsibility to address the priorities of the Puerto Rican community, and we must hold them accountable through our vote in the upcoming midterm elections.