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Obama Urged to Convene Crisis Group Over Puerto Rico’s Debt

Nydia Velazquez, Democratic Representative from New York, chairs a hearing of the House Small Business Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007.

Nydia Velazquez, Democratic Representative from New York, chairs a hearing of the House Small Business Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007.

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The first woman of Puerto Rican descent elected to the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Barack Obama Monday to do more to help the debt-wracked island.

The Obama administration has signaled it has no intention of intervening and said any help for Puerto Rico needs to come from Congress, where top Republicans have shown little inclination to get behind bankruptcy legislation.