Puerto Rico

Representative Ocasio-Cortez believes that the people of Puerto Rico have the right to self-determination.  For too long, Puerto Rico has suffered the political, social, and economic consequences of disenfranchisement. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Representative Ocasio-Cortez supports a Marshall Plan that centers a community-led, sustainable, and just recovery effort. Additionally, the Representative  advocates for the cancellation of all of Puerto Rico’s debt, an immediate review of the Jones Act, and a repeal of the PROMESA Act. 

The people of Puerto Rico must be supported in their recovery and empowered to define their future. For more information on the Puerto Rico related legislation Representative Ocasio-Cortez supports, please click here.  


More on Puerto Rico

March 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, alongside U.S. Representatives Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), introduced the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021, bicameral and bipartisan legislation that would empower Puerto Ricans with an inclusive and democratic process to determine their own political future and relationship with the United States.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Nydia Velázquez and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer led a group of 14 House and Senate Members in calling on FEMA to use its planned $9.6 billion investment in Puerto Rico’s electrical grid to help transition the island to renewable energy. This formal request comes as Texans are facing the devastating consequences of their state’s failure to invest in renewable energy and prepare their infrastructure for climate change. 

September 20, 2020 Press Release

QUEENS, NY - Today, on the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landfall on Puerto Rico, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) released a statement. 

August 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nydia Velázquez led a letter to the New York Attorney General requesting an investigation into possible Martin Act violations by several New York-based hedge funds. Recent filings in the PROMESA Title III litigation revealed that some hedge fund groups may have engaged in insider trading by artificially manipulating bond markets.