Bush Backs Bankruptcy Help for Puerto Rico Promoted in House

Puerto Rico and its public agencies, struggling under $73b in debt, should be able to seek bankruptcy protection, probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday during visit there.

  • Commonwealth officials are promoting bill that would enable some agencies to access Chapter 9 under federal bankruptcy law; only municipalities on the mainland can seek Chapter 9; bill is H.R. 870
  • NOTE: Junk-bond rated Puerto Rico has struggled to grow since 2006; its main electricity provider is in talks with creditors and may ask them to take a loss on about $8.6b
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