Scott Statement on Bill to Address the Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTONCommittee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today on his “Yes” vote on H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA.

“Today, the Puerto Rican government is struggling to meet its obligations and provide critical services to residents, with funding for schools, hospitals, and infrastructure being neglected and Puerto Ricans facing increasing austerity and economic hardship. It is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that Puerto Rico is able to refinance its obligations, provide for its residents, and recover from this economic catastrophe.

“It is disappointing, however, that the Majority refused to address Puerto Rico’s critical needs without attacking our nation’s minimum wage laws, weakening overtime rules, and limiting protections for Puerto Rico’s public employees and retirees.”


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