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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Gutiérrez on Introduction of Revised Puerto Rico Bill

May 19, 2016
Press Release

“This draft is an improvement, but I am still looking at the details.”

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) commented on the introduction of a revised Republican bill to address the financial and debt crisis in Puerto Rico. The Congressman, one of five Puerto Ricans in Congress, has made it clear he could not support the legislation in its original form. (See “Gutiérrez, with King George III of England, Critiques GOP Approach to Puerto Rico Debt Crisis”

“My hope is to support a bill that helps the people of Puerto Rico, that protects them from the vulture capitalist hedge funds that want to cash-in on the Island’s misery.  At the same time, I am not willing to completely surrender the sovereignty of Puerto Rico or the environment or cause further hardship to education, health care, and criminal justice that are already deteriorating and driving people from the Island. I would like to get to ‘yes’ and at first glance, this draft is an improvement, but I am still looking at the details.”

Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee and is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 


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