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Luis G.
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  • Puerto Rico

    by Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    Posted on 2015-12-17

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    GUTIERREZ asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, I can't vote for the omnibus bill because it doesn't give the people of Puerto Rico some hope for a better future.

    The omnibus bill does not provide a path forward amid budget cuts, cuts in services, growing unemployment, and the greedy banks and bondholders who demand more and more, even as the people of Puerto Rico have less and less.

    Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. Its sovereignty rests here in the Congress of the United States, and we will not do anything to help them.

    (English translation of the statement made in Spanish is as follows:) So tomorrow I tell the people of Puerto Rico, I will be with you.

    I will vote against this omnibus budget because if there are no schools in Puerto Rico, if there is no law enforcement to protect the people on the streets, if there are no doctors or nurses healing the sick, there won't be a vote on this budget until there is justice for the people.

    And I tell every Representative that votes in favor of this budget, you are denying a future for Puerto Rico and you are betraying the people of Puerto Rico.

    Asi que manana le digo al pueblo de Puerto Rico, yo estare con ustedes.

    Votare en contra de este presupuesto porque si no hay escuelas en Puerto Rico, si no hay policias para defender a la gente en la calle, si no hay doctoras o enfermeras para curar a los enfermos, tampoco habra un voto para este presupuesto hasta que haya justicia para el pueblo.

    Y le digo a todo Congresista que vota a favor de este presupuesto, que le niega un futuro a Puerto Rico y le traiciona al pueblo de Puerto Rico.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Poe of Texas). The gentleman from Illinois will provide a translation for the Record.


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