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  • Unanimous Consent Request—S. 1774

    by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    GILLIBRAND. Mr. President, I want to express my strong disappointment that we are unable to do this legislation now. There is a grave sense of urgency for the people living in Puerto Rico, so I share the goals of my colleagues to get this done sooner than later. This has to be moved forward. No American parent or child should have to face economic stress simply because of where they live. Congress has the responsibility to actually help these families. The economic situation in Puerto [[Page S8515]] Rico is a serious problem that we can only begin to solve with meaningful legislation.

    This bill is the fiscally responsible way to help the people of Puerto Rico. It is the fiscally responsible way to alleviate the dire economic situation in Puerto Rico. Let's be very clear. This is not a bailout. It is a means for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico to get themselves out of serious economic distress. Congress must come together to pass this bill. The situation in Puerto Rico is desperate and these families need our help. There is no other way to see it. We have to help them.

    I urge my colleagues to reconsider this objection. Congress must help the people of Puerto Rico.

    I yield the floor.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Oregon.

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