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Florida House members divided over Puerto Rico debt deal

WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday passed a rescue package for Puerto Rico by a wide bipartisan vote. But a number of Florida members voted against the deal.

Republicans: Gus Bilirakis, Curt Clawson, Ron DeSantis, John Mica, Jeff Miller, Tom Rooney and Ted Yoho.

Democrats: Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

From the AP:

The legislation would allow the seven-member control board to oversee negotiations with creditors and the courts over reducing some debt. It does not provide any taxpayer funds to reduce that debt.

It would also require the territory to create a fiscal plan. Among other requirements, the plan would have to provide "adequate" funds for public pensions, which the government has underfunded by more than $40 billion.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:50pm]


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