Read the latest news on Luso-descendants elected in the US. From Devin Nunes to Lisa Boscola, to David Valadao, Patrick Toomey, Teresa Paiva Weed, Alan Tenreiro and Jack Martins — FLAD’s Newsletter is proud to inform you about representatives of the Luso-American community who play an important role in American society.
DEVIN NUNES HOLDS HIS POSITION WITH PAUL RYAN’S RE-ELECTION
Luso-descendant congressman Devin Nunes announced he will continue in office as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The announcement followed the election of Paul Ryan as House speaker, to replace John Boehner. Nunes also will remain a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
FURTHER READING: “Nunes to remain head of intelligence committee” (Visalia Times-Delta).
SENATE APPROVES DEVIN NUNES’ BILL
The Senate approved a bill that is meant to encourage companies to share information with the government about cyber attacks. The bill was introduced by Luso-descendant Devin Nunes and is subject to tough scrutiny by both chambers before being finalized.
FURTHER READING: “Hurdles remain for major cybersecurity bill” (The Hill).
DAVID VALADAO INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT
Luso-descendant Congressman David Valadao introduced bipartisan legislation in the United States House of Representatives to protect Americans, especially children, veterans, and senior citizens, from becoming victims of identity theft. The legislation aims to specify the circumstances under which inclusion of full SSNs are necessary and otherwise partially or completely remove the SSN from government-issued documents.
FURTHER READING: “Rep. Valadao Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Social Security Identity Theft and Fraud” (Congressman David G. Valadao).
JACK MARTINS TO LEAD MINIMUM WAGE HEARINGS
Luso-american Jack Martins, New York State Senator, will lead the committee responsible for legislative hearings on governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for the minimum wage to rise to $ 15 per hour. During the hearings that will run from mid-November, the labor committee will assess the potential impacts of the wage hike.
FURTHER READING: “Martins to lead minimum wage hearings in state senate” (The Island Now).
PATRICK TOOMEY WANTS MORE PROTECTION FOR THE POLICE
Luso-American Senator Patrick Toomey introduced a bill that imposes harsher punishments on individuals targeting law enforcement officers. The legislation is called Thin Blue Line Act and stems from the increased attacks on law enforcement officers. The Thin Blue Line Act was introduced together with Senator Jeff Sessions.
FURTHER READING: “PA-Sen: Toomey: Police Lives Also Matter” (PoliticsPA).
LISA BOSCOLA INTRODUCES CHANGE IN LEGISLATIVE MAPS
Luso-american Lisa Boscola, Pennsylvania State Senator, introduced legislation that aims at taking partisanship and politics out of how the state’s legislative maps are drawn. According to the legislation, congressional and state legislative districts would be redrawn using modern mapping software and focus on population balance, consider municipal boundaries, contiguous territory, compactness and communities of interest.
FURTHER READING: “Boscola bill would change legislative redistricting process” (Pocono Record).
OBAMA VETOES REPORT ON LAJES AIR BASE
The President of the United States vetoed the Armed Forces Budget that required a report the Lajes Air Base. President Barack Obama justified the decision by stating that this budget does not make the armed forces more modern and efficient. It also does not allow Guantánamo prison to be shut down.
FURTHER READING (PORTUGUESE ONLY): “Obama vetou orçamento da Defesa que exige relatório sobre Base das Lajes” (Jornal de Notícias).
TERESA PAIVA WEED ANNOUNCES NEW TAX CREDITS TO COMPANIES IN RHODE ISLAND
Luso-American Teresa Paiva Weed, president of the Rhode Island Senate, joined two other state leaders in the official launching of two new tax credits. The goal is to attract new companies and give a boost to local businesses, thereby creating jobs and increasing development in the state.
FURTHER READING: “RI leaders announce tax credits to spur jobs, growth” (WPRO).
LUSO DESCENDANT NAMED NATIONAL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR IN THE US
Luso-descendant Alan Tenreiro, principal of Cumberland High School, in Rhode Island, has been named the 2016 Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Under Tenreiro’s leadership, Cumberland High School has seen increases in academic achievement, graduation rates, and the number of students gaining admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the country.
FURTHER READING: “Cumberland High School principal named National Principal of the Year” (Providence Journal).
PORTUGUESE TECHNOLOGY IN ELECTRIC BICYCLES SHARED IN THE US Technology developed in Portugal will be used in the first system of electric bike-share cycles in the US. Bewegen, a company in Birmingham, Alabama launched Zyp BikeShare. The Portuguese technology allows the tracking of each bicycle in real time and was supplied by Bikeemotion, created in partnership with technology companies and Aveiro University.
FURTHER READING (PORTUGUESE ONLY): “Tecnologia portuguesa equipa bicicletas eléctricas partilhadas nos Estados Unidos” (Lusa via Jornal de Negócios).
PORTUGUESE COMPANY OPENS OFFICE IN THE US
Portuguese software business Morphis is preparing to open its first office in Colorado. Morphis has clients such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Fujitsu and Cap Gemini, as well as some important banks, insurance companies, health care services, software businesses and governments. Founded in January 2014, Morphis offers services that will allow the migration of traditional software systems to cloud computing systems.
FURTHER READING (PORTUGUESE ONLY): “Tecnológica portuguesa expande-se para os EUA e abre escritório no Colorado” (i online).
VALTER HUGO MÃE ELECTED AS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Valter Hugo Mãe, Portuguese writer and winner of the José Saramago award, will becomes writer-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, for the Fall of 2015. The writer will stay at the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture & Research, with the support of the Luso-American Development Foundation.
FURTHER READING (PORTUGUESE ONLY): “Valter Hugo Mãe é escritor residente em universidade dos Estados Unidos” (Lusa via RTP).
PORTUGUESE LINE HEALTH DEVELOPS PILOT TEST IN THE US
Portuguese company PharmAssistant changed face, name and product and is about to test it in the American market in the beginning of 2016. Now under the name Line Health, the company will start with a pilot test of a new product in the American market, in partnership with the NeuroTexas Institute part of the St. Davids Healthcare group. The idea will be to test the new drug in patients that have suffered a heart attack and follow their recovery. The goal will be to reduce hospital readmissions in the course of 30 days.
FURTHER READING (PORTUGUESE ONLY): “PharmAssistant é a nova Line Health. E arranca com teste piloto nos Estados Unidos” (Observador).