Fuster was the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 1992.
Because Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate, called the resident commissioner, with limited voting privileges — Fuster can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.
Fuster was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Fuster sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Fuster’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2054 (102nd): To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to ...
- H.R. 655 (102nd): For the relief of Juan Luis, Braulio Nestor, and Miosotis Ramirez.
- H.R. 590 (102nd): For the relief of Edgardo, Ismael, Juan Carlos, and Edilliam Cotto Roman.
- H.R. 5309 (101st): For the reflagging of the vessel Esperance.
- H.R. 5294 (101st): For the relief of Edgardo, Ismael, Juan Carlos, and Edilliam Cotto Roman.
- H.R. 3474 (100th): A bill to apply the reclamation laws to Puerto Rico.
- H.R. 3439 (100th): A bill for the relief of Marisela, Felix, and William Marrero.
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