Governor Meets with US Senators to Lobby for Promesa
SAN JUAN – Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has met with Massachusetts’ influential Democratic senator, Elizabeth Warren, as well as with Oregon’s Jeff Merkley, reportedly the sole senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in the presidential race, and West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin.
The meetings were part of the García Padilla administration’s efforts to address the island’s fiscal crisis by lobbying Congress to approve the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management & Economic Stability Act (Promesa), according to a La Fortaleza statement.
While going over the austerity measures he has had to implement, the governor urged the senators to help pass Promesa before July 1, when the Puerto Rico government faces a default on more than $1.5 billion due.
In his office’s release, García Padilla was emphatic in that he seeks to ensure essential services and therefore cannot meet the debt payment.
“The 3.5 million American citizens on the island deserve a chance to fight for their future. This bill, though imperfect, provides them that opportunity. The Senate must act now to approve it,” the governor said.