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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Rep. Gutiérrez on Puerto Rico in English and Spanish

December 17, 2015
Press Release

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/XfCRnLA_cUw

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez delivered brief remarks in English and Spanish on the floor of the House of Representatives on Puerto Rico and why he plans to vote against the omnibus government spending bill.

Washington, DC – El jueves, El Congresista Luis Gutiérrez dio un breve discurso en inglés y en español desde la Cámara de Representantes sobre Puerto Rico y porque planea votar en contra del presupuesto ómnibus del gobierno.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez:

Mr. Speaker:

I cannot vote for the omnibus deal because it does not give the people of Puerto Rico some hope for a better future.

The omnibus does not provide a path forward amid budget cuts, cuts in services, growing unemployment and the greedy banks and bond holders who demand more and more even as the people of Puerto Rico have less and less. 

Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States.  Its sovereignty rests here in the Congress of the United States and we will not do anything to help them.

Asi que mañana le digo al pueblo de Puerto Rico, yo estaré con ustedes.

Votaré en contra de este presupuesto porque si no hay escuelas en Puerto Rico, si no hay policías para defender a la gente en la calle, si no hay doctores o enfermeras para curar a los enfermos, tampoco habrá un voto para este presupuesto hasta que haya justicia para el pueblo.

Y le digo a todo Congresista que vota a favor de este presupuesto, que le niega un futuro a Puerto Rico y le traiciona al pueblo de Puerto Rico.

Gracias. 

 

Translation of Spanish Portion:

So tomorrow I tell the people of Puerto Rico, I will be with you.

I will vote against this omnibus budget because if there are no schools in Puerto Rico, if there is no law enforcement to protect the people on the streets, if there are no doctors or nurses healing the sick, there won’t be a vote on this budget until there is justice for the people.

And I tell every Representative that votes in favor of this budget, you are denying a future for Puerto Rico and you are betraying the people of Puerto Rico.

Thank you.

 

Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. 

Rep. Gutiérrez representa al Cuarto Distrito de Illinois, es miembro del Comité Permanente Selecto de la Cámara sobre Inteligencia, es miembro del Comité Judicial y el Subcomité de Inmigración y Seguridad Fronteriza, y el Subcomité de Crimen, Terrorismo, Seguridad Interna e Investigaciones.

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