Governor Leads Delegation to Washington
SAN JUAN – Gov. Alejandro García Padilla left for Washington, D.C., Sunday to promote legislation that “respects [Puerto Rico’s] democratic institutions and provides a comprehensive restructuring scheme.” He was accompanied by a group of private sector representatives, agency heads and mayors as well as gubernatorial hopeful David Bernier of the Popular Democratic Party and independent candidate Alexandra Lúgaro.
The governor wants the U.S. Congress to provide the island with tools to restructure the commonwealth’s debt “in an orderly fashion.”
“Unity is a key element to producing changes in society. It is time Congress takes a fair stance on Puerto Ricans. Therefore, able to overcome the obstacle of contrasting ideologies and points of view, I will go back to Washington today with a delegation, with an even stronger claim, a product of consensus with various representative sectors of the island,” García Padilla said.
A Fortaleza statement says they intend “to demand immediate action from federal lawmakers to address the island’s insolvency, but with legislation that respects the foundations of self-government,” with García Padilla adding it is “essential” to have access to a comprehensive restructuring scheme that allows the government to provide essential services and “protects the population’s welfare.”
“However, any congressional action cannot be imposed unilaterally and must have the support of Puerto Ricans,” he said, adding, “The delegation will make its opposition clear to the fiscal control board as proposed in draft legislation submitted by the House Natural Resources Committee. A fiscal oversight board can be accepted to the extent that it respects the powers of a democratic system. For that reason, it is important that any mechanism created respects Puerto Rican democracy.”