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Governor supports call by Rosselló Nevares for another ‘action in Congress’


Regarding former governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares’ latest call for citizens to lobby for statehood in the U.S. Congress, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said such actions “are always productive because what they do is basically organize a significant group of citizens to get appointments with members of Congress.”

By The Star Staff


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Tuesday voiced his support for the initiative of former governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, who this week called for another “action in Congress.”


Through a message in social media, the former governor urged Puerto Ricans to go to the federal capital for the “third action to take Congress” from June 5 to June 7.


The request from Rosselló Nevares comes after legislation was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for a status vote in Puerto Rico.


“I think the initiative is very successful,” Pierluisi said. “The former governor had done this type of initiative in the past. They are always productive because what they do is basically organize a significant group of citizens to get appointments with members of Congress.”


The former resident commissioner also said he will check his calendar to see if it is possible for him to be in Washington to support Rosselló Nevares’ initiative.


“I see it very favorably …” Pierluisi said in an aside with the press. “I have not checked my calendar but if I don’t have a major conflict, I would be willing to be there in Washington on those days to complement what this group of citizens are doing with meetings on my part, either with federal senators or representatives.”


Asked if Rosselló Nevares’ initiatives imply that he would seek to return to his political career on the island, possibly making a run for resident commissioner, the governor said. “I have no information about that.”


“That would be a very personal decision by the former governor,” Pierluisi said while steering clear of any comment on whether a Rosselló Nevares candidacy would receive his endorsement. “I do not anticipate it. My impression is that he is focused on his professional career at this given moment, as well as on promoting statehood as a delegate.”

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