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Promesa coauthor meets with Rosselló in Fortaleza

By on February 20, 2017

SAN JUAN — Accompanied by State Secretary Luis Rivera Marín, Governor Ricardo Rosselló welcomed on Monday Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin), coauthor of the bill that enabled the implementation of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management & Economic Stability Act (Promesa).

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) coauthored Promesa as a measure to address Puerto Rico's financial and humanitarian crises, which he attributed to "disastrous" management. (Susan Walsh, File/AP)

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) coauthored Promesa as a measure to address Puerto Rico’s financial and humanitarian crises, which he attributed to “disastrous” management. (Susan Walsh, File/AP)

During the meeting in La Fortaleza, which lasted around 30 minutes, the island’s chief executive encouraged the Republican representative to intercede on behalf of Puerto Rico in the federal sphere, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid fund parity.

Rosselló also noted that his administration is currently developing the Fiscal Plan requested by the Fiscal Oversight & Management Board created under Promesa, with aims to protect essential services. The document, which must be presented by February 28, must include measures to address the island’s $70 billion debt.

See also: Rosselló Requests Meeting with US Treasury Secretary

Last May, Duffy presented the bill for Promesa along Natural Resources Committee President Rob Bishop, to “head the island toward fiscal responsibility and economic development.”

In defense of Promesa, the senator had said that years of “disastrous” policies sank Puerto Rico’s economy, leading to a humanitarian crisis for millions of U.S. citizens.

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