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García Padilla Out of Puerto Rico Until July 20

By on July 13, 2016

SAN JUAN — After participating Tuesday of a forum held in Washington, D.C., Gov. Alejandro García Padilla extended his stay in the U.S., and will leave Wednesday for Des Moines, Iowa, where the National Governors Association (NGA) will host its four-day summer meeting that begins July 14.

AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 01:  Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico talks as part of Grand Opening of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico on November 1, 2015 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by GV Cruz/Getty Images for Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico)

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico (Photo by GV Cruz/Getty Images for Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico)

After the summit, the governor will take a few days to spend time with his wife, First Lady Wilma Pastrana, and their children, La Fortaleza stated Wednesday. Before leaving D.C., he will meet Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi.  

Pastrana will join García Padilla for the Iowa trip, as she will “participate in meetings where the governors’ wives will exchange ideas on what and how they carry out their efforts to service their constituents,” reads the statement.

At the NGA’s summit, members will discuss strategies to address such issues as agriculture and job creation, among others, La Fortaleza stated.

On Tuesday, García Padilla participated as speaker of the Fifth Annual Conference on Municipal Finance organized by the Brookings Institution’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy.

The governor spoke about the island’s fiscal crisis and how Puerto Rico obtained debt-restructuring tools that will put the island on a path toward economic recovery. He discussed recently enacted Promesa and his administration’s ongoing efforts to deal with its fiscal woes.

Secretary of State Víctor Suárez will continue to serve as acting governor until Wednesday, July 20.

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