Puerto Rico

Subject Matter is making the rounds of DC in support of an economic development program for Puerto Rico.

Hired by Puerto Rico’s Senate, Subject Matter is focusing on issues related to taxes, Medicare/Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on March 22 introduced the Puerto Rican Nutrition Assistance Fairness Act.

That measure would provide island residents the same SNAP benefits as those received by other US citizens.

Congress dropped Puerto Rico from the SNAP in a cost-cutting move during the 1980s. Puerto Ricans are currently eligible for the less-generous Nutrition Assistance Program.

Subject Matter has Keith Castaldo (former general counsel to Gillibrand), Cedric Grant (chief of staff to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries), Barry LaSala (counsel to former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry) and Sandra Alcala (chief of staff to Texas Rep. Filemon Vela) working the Puerto Rico business.