House to hold public hearings on comptroller appointment
By The Star Staff
Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez said Wednesday that he will consider the appointment of Osvaldo Soto García as commonwealth comptroller in a public hearing as part of the confirmation process.
In an interview with the press, Méndez Núñez said he wants to listen to the nominee so Soto García can “convince” him as to why he should be confirmed in the lower chamber.
According to statements the House speaker reportedly made as soon as he learned of Soto García’s appointment, the appointee does not have the votes for confirmation.
Méndez Núñez said that during the public hearings process he will seek an opinion from the Certified Public Accountants Association of Puerto Rico.
For his part, the president of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz, reported that the upper House will attend the appointment of the nominee for Comptroller of Puerto Rico as soon as the House of Representatives concludes its analysis.
“Each senator and senator will evaluate the merits and circumstances of this man… We will not attend the appointment until the House of Representatives attends it and we will await that process. If it is confirmed in the House, we will attend it in the Senate. … There have been comrades of the Party who have made legitimate and valid expressions and they must be evaluated very carefully, ”said Rivera Schatz in his opening turn of the Sixth Special Session.
According to media outlets, the House public hearing process is expected to begin Monday.