Pelosi Appoints Nydia Velázquez and Pedro Pierluisi to Puerto Rico Task Force

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today appointed Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, established under the recently enacted Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).

“Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s advocacy on behalf of Puerto Rico and the more than 100,000 people of Puerto Rican descent in her New York district has been unwavering and resolute,” said Leader Pelosi.  “Born in Yabucoa, she has deep roots in, and cares deeply about, Puerto Rico.  Nydia’s leadership has been pivotal in focusing congressional attention on urgent action to assist Puerto Rico in emerging from the current fiscal and public debt crisis.  As Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, she brings extensive expertise on economic development and job creation, both essential to restoring economic growth in Puerto Rico.”

“Puerto Rico has a strong and relentless champion in Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi,” Leader Pelosi continued.  “Since arriving in the House nearly eight years ago, he has worked tirelessly to ensure fair and equitable treatment for Puerto Rico under federal programs.  On the House Natural Resources Committee, Pedro played an instrumental role in the negotiations that resulted in the PROMESA legislation.  And as the voice of Puerto Rico in Congress, he will bring an indispensable perspective to the work of the Task Force.”

“I am confident that Congresswoman Velázquez and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s strong voices will make the Task Force all the more effective as Congress considers next steps to restore robust economic growth to Puerto Rico,” Leader Pelosi concluded.