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Larson Meets with Community Leaders to Discuss Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

February 17, 2016
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with community leaders within the First District to discuss the impact of Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis.

“Connecticut has the greatest concentration of Puerto Ricans of any state in the nation, and keenly feels the impact of this problem,” said Larson. “I commend Speaker Ryan for committing to a firm deadline to address this crisis, but time is running out. I am proud to join my friends and colleagues Rep. Pedro Pierluisi and Sen. Richard Blumenthal in supporting the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015 (HR 870). Puerto Rico must be allowed to handle this issue just as any other state or municipality would in this situation. If we keep kicking the can down the road, it will cost Connecticut and the United States billions and inflict untold pain and suffering on Puerto Ricans—especially children and veterans.”

Rep. Larson talks with community leaders at his District Office. 

The leaders Larson met with included:

  • Julio Mendoza, Executive Director, Spanish American Merchant Association (SAMA)
  • Yanil Terón, Executive Director, Center for Latino Progress
  • Ingrid Alvarez-DiMarzo, State Director, Hispanic Federation
  • Werner Oyanadel, Executive Director, Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC)
  • Julio Casiano, Deputy District Director, Connecticut SBA District Office
  • Candida Flores, Executive Director, Family Life Education

Larson is a cosponsor on the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015 (HR 870).