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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Puerto Rico

I was born in Chicago to parents who migrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s and I later returned with them to live on the Island in the 1960’s. As a Puerto Rican member of Congress and someone who represents Puerto Ricans in Illinois' 4th Congressional District, I closely follow issues affecting the Island and my constituents with strong ties there.

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April 12, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a highly unusual and suspect second extension to Energy Answers of their Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) permit that would allow the company to move forward in the construction of a waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It was extended contrary to the EPA’s own guidance to not extend a PSD permit without commencement of construction on the proposed site by the deadline of April 10, 2017. As reported yesterday and previously, Rep. Gutiérrez called on the EPA not to extend the permit.
April 10, 2017 Press Release

April 10 Groundbreaking Deadline is Today


March 31, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released two letters related to the proposed solid waste incinerator project in Arecibo, Puerto Rico: one a letter from the Congressman to the Acting Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 2; and the response back to the Congressman. The purposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico has been criticized for several reasons, including its major impact on public health, the environment, its minimal impact generating energy, little economic contribution, and the manner in which the project has been imposed on the local population.
February 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Hoy, el congresista Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) habló de su proyecto de ley HR 900 en el hemiciclo del Congreso de los Estados Unidos.  En su discurso, él hablo del debate entre los asimilistas quien favorecen la estadidad y los Puertorriqueñistas que quieren un debate sobre todas las opciones: libre asociación y independencia.



February 7, 2017 Press Release
Hoy, el Representante Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04) presento un proyecto de ley (HR 900) que inicia el proceso para terminar el control del Congreso sobre Puerto Rico y el actual estatus territorial que fue rechazado por votantes en el 2012. “La soberanía siempre ha sido una opción para el futuro estatus de Puerto Rico, pero no hemos dejado que la gente Puertorriqueña se someta a una consideración amplia, un debate y a un voto para elegir la independencia o la libre asociación. Este proyecto de ley representa el comienzo de ese proceso."
February 7, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) introduced a bill (HR 900) that starts the process to end Congress’ control of Puerto Rico and its current territorial status which was rejected by voters in 2012. The legislation calls for a referendum where the Puerto Rican people determine the Island’s future political status by choosing between full independence or a compact of free association with the U.S. “Sovereignty has always been on the table as an option for the future status of Puerto Rico, but we have failed to allow the Puerto Rican people a full examination, debate and up-or-down vote on independence or free association. This bill represents the beginning of that process."
January 17, 2017 Press Release
With Spanish (con traduccion a espanol): Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) got news late today that Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera was granted clemency by President Barack Obama today and it will take effect, unconditionally, in 120 days. Mr. López of Chicago has spent 35 years in federal prison for seditious conspiracy in conjunction with his role in the Puerto Rico independence movement, but was neither charged with nor convicted of any crime harming anyone. Congressman Gutiérrez, a Puerto Rican born in Chicago, has been fighting for Mr. López’s release for as long as he has been in the U.S. Congress (he was first elected in 1992).
September 28, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about the new Financial Control Board – or Junta de Control – that will oversee all aspects of Puerto Rico’s government and which meets on Friday for its first official meeting.  The meeting is not in Puerto Rico, but in lower Manhattan close to Wall Street, which Rep. Gutiérrez said “is symbolic of the way la Junta de Control over Puerto Rico came about – and is a very bad omen for the future.”

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September 21, 2016 Press Release

On the Floor of the House today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke about the case for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, the last Puerto Rican political prisoner held in a U.S. prison.  A veteran in his seventies, Lopez Rivera has served more than 35 years in prison having not been convicted of a crime of violence.

September 14, 2016 Press Release
On House Floor In English And Spanish, Rep. Gutiérrez Calls For Release Of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera -- “There Is Still A Piece Missing From Our National Identity, A Piece Missing From Our Soul Because Oscar López May Be Forgotten And May Die In Jail.”