Leaders of United States and Puerto Rico: Vowed Centralized Effort for Island

by San Antonio Attorney

Civic and political leaders from Puerto Rico and the United States collaborated in forming an alliance to coerce the federal government in aiding the United States Commonwealth resolve the debt crisis of $72 billion, this took place in Florida last Wednesday.

The coalition will vie for a bill to be passed so that Puerto Rico will receive the same bankruptcy protections as U.S. states.

“We’re going to be in the face of everyone, whether it’s White House, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, or presidential candidates,” said United States Representative Nydia Velazquez, also a New York Democrat, during an assembly of about 250 civic leaders and Hispanic group advocates.

Velazquez and Luis Gutierrez, a fellow Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez verbalized that they received a cold shoulder from the U.S. Treasury Department.

However, the Treasury is considering administering a debt exchange through a so-called “superbond”, according to Wall Street Journal.

The conference also gave opportunity for politicians to gain Hispanic voters in Florida.  This state consists of approximately 1 million Puerto Ricans. U.S. Representative Alan Grayson, was one of the prominent politicians, who has plans of running for U.S. Senate in 2016.

The national debate on Puerto Rico focused on finances and economics.  The topic for advocating a debt restructuring was also included.  Some raised the concern of emphasizing on Puerto Rico’s spending reforms and other politicians invoked issues of immigration.

Gutierrez drew applause when he shared a personal experience of when he was denied entry to the U.S. Capitol by a guard who didn’t believe he was a member of Congress.

U.S. Representative of Pennsylvania Brendan Boyle, also a Democrat, received acclaim when he openly criticized “anti-immigration nonsense.”  Boyle stated that this is one the causes of unfair treatment for Puerto Ricans.


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