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Puerto Rico Lawmakers Present Debt-Restructuring Bill

Sept. 27, 2021, 5:18 PM

Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives filed a debt-restructuring bill Monday that proponents say will allow the U.S. territory to make its way out of bankruptcy while protecting pensioners and municipalities.

House Speaker Rafael “Tatito” Hernandez introduced the bill, calling it key to ending a 15-year economic slump that started after federal manufacturing incentives on the island were phased out. The bill authorizes the restructuring of some $18.8 billion in debt through the issuance of new bonds. If approved, the law will cut annual debt payments from $3.3 billion to $1.3 billion, Hernandez said.

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