“We need to do everything we can to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt in a rational way that does not harm its people, ordinary investors or pension funds in the U.S.,” Sen. Bernie Sanders says in a statement.
- “But we also should recognize that the reason Puerto Rico has such unsustainable debt has everything to do with the policies of austerity and the greed of large financial institutions”
- Says goals must also be to ensure Puerto Rico can “rebuild its economy,” create jobs, expand tax base
- NOTE: Sanders, of Vt., is running for president as a Democrat
- Other presidential contenders who’ve backed Chapter 9 access for Puerto Rico agencies incl. Republican Jeb Bush, Democrats Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley
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