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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.

More on Puerto Rico

July 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about homophobic comments made by the President of the Puerto Rican Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz, who is a leader of the statehood effort in Puerto Rico.  Congressman Gutiérrez called recent remarks made by Sen. Rivera Schatz “a troubling incident” – referring to a radio interview in which the Senator repeatedly referred to an openly gay, female public official as “Mister” (or “Señor”) in order to call attention to – and denigrate – her sexual orientation. 

July 5, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to Thomas Rivera Schatz, Puerto Rican Senate President and a leader of the Statehood Party, who used the masculine pronoun “señor” repeatedly to describe Ana Matosantos, the only female member of Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board (known locally as the Junta de Supervisión Fiscal or simply the Junta). It occurred during a radio interview with Carmen Jovet on AM 610 NotiUno radio and was widely regarded as a homophobic slur from a politician and party with a record of hostility towards the LGBT community.
June 22, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about the June 11 plebiscite in Puerto Rico where 97% of the voters supported statehood, but only 23% of the voters actually took the time to vote. The Congressman warned Democrats that “Those who are peddling the fantasy of statehood sometimes call themselves Democrats, but we should all beware of an elephant in donkey clothing.” The speech comes a few days after Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez embraced the Puerto Rican statehood agenda. The Congressman (sarcastically) conceded that the 97% result was “pretty impressive,” but said the results represent: "The kind of numbers that would make Vladimir Putin jealous and Saddam Hussein green with envy if he were not so dead. And the reason why the statehooders got 97 percent of the vote was pretty much the same reason as those guys too: Only one political party participated."
June 9, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in advance of Sunday’s vote in Puerto Rico that is ostensibly a plebiscite on the Island’s future status. "The supporters of statehood are selling a fantasy that a Latino, Caribbean nation will be admitted as a state during the era of Donald Trump; That states, many of which supported Trump, will accept a Spanish-speaking state that will receive just as many Senators and maybe even more House seats than they currently have; And all of this for an Island the U.S. has made deeply in debt with a sputtering economic engine that leaves Puerto Rico significantly poorer and more dependent than even our poorest states. I do not point out Puerto Rico’s problems to denigrate my fellow Puerto Ricans, simply to point out the reality that what is being peddled by the supporters of statehood is a fantasy...."
May 17, 2017 Press Release
El jueves, Oscar López Rivera hará un regreso histórico a Chicago acompañado por l Congresista Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) y su esposa Soraida. Después de pasar 35 años en prisión y tres meses bajo arresto domiciliario en la casa de su hija en Puerto Rico, López Rivera, el célebre prisionero político puertorriqueño ahora está libre para viajar y hará un regreso triunfal a Chicago, donde una calle será nombrada en su honor y donde un evento comunitario se llevará a cabo en el Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño. // On Thursday, Oscar López Rivera will make a historic return to Chicago escorted by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and his wife Soraida. After 35 years in prison and three months confined to his daughter’s home in Puerto Rico, López Rivera, the celebrated Puerto Rican political prisoner is now free to travel and will make a triumphant return to Chicago where a street is being renamed for him and where a community event will be held at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.
May 3, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the news that the Governor of Puerto Rico announced he will seek bankruptcy protection under Title III of the PROMESA law that established the Financial Control Board over Puerto Rico. "It’s about time the Governor called on the Financial Control Board to initiate the bankruptcy process under Title III of PROMESA."
May 3, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor to make his thoughts on the omnibus budget agreement clear: he will not support it because, despite not funding the “the President’s ‘tremendous’ border wall,” the bill still contains more than $1.2 billion for deportations. It also short-changes funding for health care in Puerto Rico, he said. “I will not be voting for the omnibus bill because I do not believe that it is okay to slip another billion here or there into the budget to break up families, put moms and dads in detention, or send DREAMers out of the only country they know.”
May 1, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement on the 200-plus pro-immigrant and labor events taking place around the country today and on his thoughts on the budget deal announced to fund the government through September. Rep. Gutiérrez is scheduled to speak at the Washington, DC pro-immigrant event in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. He will also be joining Democratic Leaders in both the House and Senate who will gather on the Capitol steps at 7:00 pm ET to show their support for the pro-immigrant message and movement around the country.
April 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement with his thoughts on the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "Trump has flip-flopped on NATO and he has backed down from labeling China a currency manipulator because he is now best friends with China’s President, but there is one thing he has been 100% consistent on from day 1 of his campaign to day 100 of his Presidency: demonizing and attacking Latinos."
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.