WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC) applauds U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senator Robert Menendez for committing to amend to the flawed Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).
"Majority Leader Harry Reid's commitment to support an open amendment process with PROMESA is welcomed. At the NPRC, we are gravely concerned with numerous parts of the bill and, in particular, the unelected control board that will be equivalent to establishing a colonial overlord over Puerto Rico.
"Senator Menendez has shown leadership, and he should be commended. Now the Senate must 'do everything [it] can procedurally to make sure we have amendments' to the current, 'neo-colonial' PROMESA bill as Senator Menendez recently stated.
"There are eight million American Citizens of Puerto Rican origin; now is not the time for America's leaders to sit back and watch Republican leadership and the Administration hastily cram through such poor legislation that could have devastating effects on the people of Puerto Rico.
"Senate Democrats must stand up and vote 'NO' on the current version of PROMESA; the Senate must find a balanced solution to the Puerto Rico crisis that promotes fiscal discipline and respects the rights of the Americans living in Puerto Rico."
For more information about NPRC's efforts regarding PROMESA, visit www.NoPROMESA.org.
In the past 32 years, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, a non-profit organization, has emerged as one of the most respected and effective organizations advocating for the concerns of the Puerto Rican community. NPRC's mission is to systematically strengthen and enhance the social, political, and economic well-being of Puerto Ricans throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico with a special focus on the most vulnerable.
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