The delegation of the New Progressive Party (PNP) in the Senate begins legislative work this Monday with a meeting with the governor Pedro Pierluisi and part of his cabinet. Meanwhile, the La Palma caucus in the House of Representatives would talk with the electoral comptroller Walter Velez.
“Probably, we will talk about appointments and pending projects, because this is the last session of the quadrennium. Always, at the beginning of the session, in the Senate we summon the heads of the most relevant agencies to give us a summary of the most important legislation. That’s what we’ve done so far”, reported the alternate spokesperson of the PNP in the Senate, Carmelo Riosabout the meeting that will be held in the Yiye Avila room of the Baltasar Corrada del Rio building, in the Capitol district.
More than a year ago, the Comptrollera position in the Supreme Court and the Women’s Advocate They are vacant. The chief executive has said, when questioned, that he does not rule out filling them, but he emphasizes that it is difficult when the legislative Assembly does not give way to their appointments, presumably for partisan political reasons.
However, the president of the Senate, Jose Luis Dalmau, has dismissed the chief executive’s claim that 30% of his appointments are rejected by the Legislature. The leader of the Upper House replied that they have approved 346 appointments to the governor and rejected 15.
“That is the record, the rest are excuses. The governor has vetoed projects from the Legislative Assembly with the vote of all parties, more than 120 vetoes. Put it on a scale. Who is hindering here?”Dalmau said last week, during the celebration of the second day of the protocol greeting in La Fortaleza.
The new day learned that the governor is not expected to participate in the PNP caucus in the House, scheduled for 11:00 am, which is led by Carlos “Johnny” Mendezwho favors the figure of Jenniffer Gonzalez in the race for the gubernatorial candidacy. The electoral controller will participate in this meeting, however.
They present their agenda
On the other hand, Mendez indicated that the priority of the PNP delegation in the Chamber will be the approval of a tax reform that reduces the burden on the working class and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), avoiding increases in the electricity bill. and improve the hospital structure.
Also on the agenda is the development of legislation to regulate the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and eliminate layers of bureaucracy in the disbursement of federal funds for reconstruction.
“For this delegation, the priority is to approve and have the governor sign a tax reform. When I say that it is the main issue, it is because we are going to work incessantly to lower the tax burden on our working class, so that they, along with SMEs, benefit from the use of the federal funds obtained and that are being used for move the economy and generate new income for the government,” commented the PNP spokesperson.
This Monday the House of Representatives is expected to discuss and approve House Resolution (RC) 583, presented on December 18, which makes possible the use of $250 million to pay an incentive to middle and upper middle class taxpayers.
“We are going to work on issues such as health, legislating to mitigate the exodus of health professionals, not only doctors, but nurses, pharmacists and other technical personnel. On the other hand, the issue of access to housing is a priority for uss,” added Mendez, who expressed confidence that the Legislature will send House Bill 1470 for the governor’s signature, a measure that facilitates the construction of new homes.
In an interview with the media, the president of the House, Rafael “Tatito” Hernandezstated that 1470 will be sent this Monday to La Fortaleza, along with a package of over 90 measures approved at the close of the last session in November.
The intentions of the Palma delegation in the House also include the approval of a budget resolution for the next fiscal year that makes possible the prompt departure of the Fiscal Oversight Board (JSF), as well as a measure that empowers the Department of Public Affairs of Consumer Affairs (DACO) to create regulations on electric vehicle charging stations.