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On Thursday the House considered H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act. Puerto Rico is a United States territory and its residents are citizens. It is currently facing a significant financial crisis, deep in debt with many essential services being reduced or eliminated. On July 1st, $2 billion in bond payments are due and Puerto Rico is at risk of defaulting on them. H.R. 5278 is a bipartisan compromise drafted in consultation with the White House and Treasury Department. It establishes a process for Puerto Rico to restructure 100% of its debt. It creates a Financial Oversight and Management Board which will have authority over annual budgets. H.R. 5278 places Puerto Rico on the path to stability. H.R. 5278 passed 297 to 127. A majority of Republicans and most Democrats voted AYE, but Rep. Reed was not among them. Why not, Tom; have you no concern for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico? 

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4 Responses to Puerto Rico

  1. josephurban says:

    The time for this “territory” with 3.5 million citizens is over. Either make PR the 51st state or let them become an independent nation.

  2. whungerford says:

    I suppose Tom voted against this bill because there is nothing in it for him.

  3. Deb Meeker says:

    It may have been a knee-jerk reaction. Tom Reed is a debt collector at heart, not one to show mercy or consideration.

  4. pystew says:

    It doesn’t matter that residents Puerto Rico are citizens. He voted the way Carl Paladino and the Donald told him to vote.

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