Senator Aníbal José Torres described González's alleged absenteeism as “embarrassing.” (Vanessa Serra Diaz)
The popular senator Aníbal José Torres denounced this Sunday that the resident commissioner in Washington, Jenniffer González, occupies the fifth position of absenteeism among all members of the federal House of Representatives, and argued that this represents the highest number of absences at the time of the voting in full committees.
The former president of the Popular Democratic Party specified that González was absent or did not participate in the votes to which he was entitled 95 times in a period of 15 months.
“So much so that he spends his time criticizing and lamenting that he does not have the right to vote in Congress and now it turns out that, when he is allowed to vote in full committees, he decides to absent himself or not participate 95 times in just 15 months. With that record, Jenniffer Gonzalez obtains the embarrassing distinction of being the fifth representative of all members of Congress to be absent and the Hispanic with the highest number of absences when casting their votes in the consideration of measures, ”said Torres.
“It is no longer enough that inaction and carelessness caused us to lose $ 1 billion from Medicaid; The offense of going on a tourist trip to 38 countries outside the United States on six different continents is not enough, but now she does not vote when authorized to do so and even while in Congress, she does not appear or cast her votes. It is time for a change in Washington with a full-time commissioner and not a tourist paid with public funds, “added the senator.
Since 1993, the Congress of the United States allows the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico and the delegates of the territories and possessions of the United States to vote in the full Committee. “The opportunity to participate and vote in these processes is a very effective way to insert oneself and persuade other members to listen to arguments or ways of voting,” Torres said.
El Nuevo Día tried unsuccessfully to get a reaction from González.
Torres maintained that according to official data, in a 15-month period, González had the opportunity to vote 316 times, but was absent or did not exercise his right to vote 95 times.
“In 2019, Jenniffer González had the opportunity to vote 291 times, but chose not to vote 90 times, for 31% of voting absences. The same pattern continued in the first months of 2020, because of a total of 25 eligible votes – between January and March – the commissioner chose not to vote or not be present 20% of the time, ”said Torres.
“The innumerable shames that the New Progressive Party has put us before the federal government seem to be endless. Now they also extend to the federal Congress. Those who said there were no funds for being an Commonwealth now say that there is money to spare and those who complained that they could not vote like the rest of the congressmen, now they do not appear when they are granted that benefit. Obviously, the incapacity and negligence of this government has no limits, “he added.