White House Hearing on Vieques and Puerto Rico’s Status

Today (May 25, 2010), the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status will hold a public hearing in Washington, DC. With President Barack Obama’s commitment to responsive and accountable governing, this will be the second public hearing held by the Task Force and will be webcast live. The hearing will begin at 1:00pm and will take place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House.

The hearing will consist of both plenary and breakout sessions on the broad range of issues before the Task Force. There will be statements by Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Tom Perelli, Associate Attorney General, both co-chairs of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status. The hearing will include discussions on safety and security; strengthening community services and sustainability; economic development and financial fitness, and plenary sessions such as “The Future of Vieques” and “Moving Forward on Puerto Rico’s Status,” followed by public statements and testimony.

President Bill Clinton originally established the Task Force in December of 2000. The Task Force is made up of designees of each member of the President’s Cabinet and the Co-Chairs of the President’s Interagency Group on Puerto Rico. President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on October 30, 2009 to both preserve the Task Force’s original mission, and to provide advice and recommendations to the President and the Congress on policies that promote job creation, education, health care, clean energy, and economic development on the island. The Task Force held its first public hearing in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 3rd, 2010.

For webcast, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

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