SAN JUAN – New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menéndez, as well as Congressmen Nydia Velázquez, Adriano Espaillat, Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries, and Tom Suozzi of New York, Chuy García and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, and Albio Sires of New Jersey announced this Sunday their endorsement of Aníbal Acevedo Vilá to return to the federal capital as Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner in Washington.
According to Acevedo Vilá’s written statements, the endorsements coming from “this powerful group of congressional leaders demonstrate the roots” of his candidacy for the federal capital.
Senator Menéndez is one of the most powerful members of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the tax incentives that Puerto Rico so badly needs. For her part, Congresswoman Velázquez is the president of the Small Business Committee in Congress, while Representative Hakeem Jeffries is the fourth in the hierarchy in the Democratic chamber leadership, and president of the Democratic Caucus in the federal chamber indicates the candidate it’s a statement.
Suozzi is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the issue of federal incentives. Similarly, the Democratic group BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, joined the group of Democratic leaders who endorse the popular candidate for Washington.
“Aníbal has the passion and intelligence to do the job of representing Puerto Ricans in Washington well. I endorsed his initiatives when he worked alongside Senator Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy and I attest how he has worked outside party lines with Republican legislators to achieve parity in funding for children in Puerto Rico’s public schools, ”said Senator Menendez, who previously served as a congressman for the 13th congressional district of New Jersey in the federal Chamber.
Menéndez assured that “we are living very decisive moments both in Puerto Rico and in the United States and we need a resident commissioner who knows and faces the current socio-economic challenges. I am ready to work with Aníbal in the expansion to Puerto Rico of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical equipment industries, which are sorely needed at this time. We need a resident commissioner who works with both Democrats and Republicans, especially what has happened to the worst president in history, who has treated Puerto Rico with disdain. Puerto Rico needs Aníbal in Washington and I am ready to receive him here in January 2021 ”.
For her part, Nydia Velázquez, one of the highest-ranked congresswomen in the federal Chamber, and who represents the 7th Congressional District of New York, expressed that “as a Puerto Rican, I need Aníbal in Congress to together fight the important pending battles for Puerto Rico. Saving Medicaid funds and achieving a new incentive to attract investment in manufacturing and create the jobs that people in Puerto Rico need will be vital issues in the next Congress. ”
Meanwhile, Adriano Espaillat, Democratic representative from New York and the first Dominican to be elected to the United States Congress, described his experience with Acevedo Vilá. “I have worked with Aníbal since before my arrival in Congress. I know of your commitment to Puerto Rico and I sympathize with the struggle you are fighting to bring manufacturing and pharmaceuticals back to the island. In that endeavor, you have my full support. ”
“But also, as the first and only Dominican who has come to Congress, I can attest to the commitment that Aníbal has with the Dominican community that lives on Isla del Encanto,” Espaillat said.
Recently, the president of the BOLD PAC, Tony Cárdenas, declared that “in the moments of greatest need for Puerto Rico, after so much suffering after Hurricane Maria and President Trump’s refusal to allocate the necessary resources, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González preferred to blindly follow Trump. That is why the BOLD PAC proudly announces its endorsement of Aníbal Acevedo Vilá ”.
For his part, the popular candidate for the Resident Police Station thanked the expressions of all this Democratic leadership “with whom I have worked and have excellent friendship and work relationships. In Washington, it is widely recognized that Puerto Rico has been devoid of dignified representation, that puts the needs of our people first and not the obsession with statehood and submission to Trump, which is what we have seen this four-year period. ”