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NPP lawmakers rip majority’s citing of statehood delegates for grilling

Rep. Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez

By The Star Staff

Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez, the New Progressive Party (NPP) minority leader in the House of Representatives, on Monday rejected House plans to bring the statehood lobbyists/delegates to a public hearing.

“This action of insisting on summoning these congressional delegates to a public hearing, through an expeditious process, is nothing more than an attempt, destined to fail, to put stones in the way of the admission of Puerto Rico as a state of the union,” Méndez said in a written statement. “That will not happen. The People demanded statehood and there is an electoral mandate for that.”

The House Federal and Veterans Affairs Committee, chaired by Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Rep. Kebin Maldonado, summoned Elizabeth Torres, Melinda Romero, Ricardo Rosselló and Roberto Lefranc Fortuño to a public hearing on Thursday.

House Resolution 535, ordering the public hearing, was passed two weeks ago.

“I reiterate my position, this is nothing other than a witch hunt, political persecution [against the statehood movement],” said NPP Rep. José Aponte Hernández.

He said the statehood caucus in the House approved a motion in which he requested the NPP delegation’s repudiation of what he called a process of “persecution.”

Aponte Hernández asked the PDP leadership to approve House Resolutions 537 and 538, which call for a committee of the whole for lobbyists hired by the PDP-controlled Legislature, including Prime Policy Group LLC, Fulcrum Public Affairs LLC and Tatiana Matta, for the purpose of requesting information regarding the functions, tasks and procedures carried out since they were hired.

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