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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

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Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 April 27, 2016
Marco Rubio, R-FL
"Mr. President, I want to briefly discuss the issue of Puerto Rico and the debt crisis Puerto Rico is facing. The island faces a major deadline coming up. A $422 million debt payment is due on May 1, which is this Sunday. If this deadline isn’t met, it is going to cause some serious problems, and not just for the people of Puerto Rico—who, let’s not forget, are American citizens—but also for millions of others throughout the United States. Today I will focus on one example of an American community that would be very negatively impacted, and that is the city of Jacksonville in my home State of Florida."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4498, Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act April 27, 2016
Jim McGovern, D-MA
"Four days from now, Puerto Rico faces a $422 million debt payment. Given the items listed for consideration in the House this week, it appears as though the Republican majority has no plans to act on legislation to address the debt crisis in Puerto Rico."
Zika Virus April 26, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"We have seen cases of this virus all over the continental United States. These have been linked to travel or transmitted from someone who has traveled to Zika-affected areas. Most Americans are afraid to travel abroad—and, I am sorry to say, rightfully so—for fear of mosquitos carrying Zika, that Zika will infect them. But Zika is already upon us in Puerto Rico and in Florida, and it is going to spread to other places. These mosquitos can breed in something smaller than a bottle cap of water."
Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Continued April 26, 2016
Brian Schatz, D-HI
"While there have not yet been any locally transmitted diseases of Zika in the continental United States, we do have hundreds of travel-related cases and up to 500 cases of active transmission in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As I mentioned, Hawaii is recovering from a dengue epidemic. So we must provide emergency funding for mosquito-borne illnesses, and we must do it now. This is an emergency."
Legislative Program April 21, 2016
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"I would reiterate what he and I both stated last week, which is that, clearly, this is not a bailout. There is no money contemplated that is going to Puerto Rico, and there is no extension of U.S. credit backing from the United States to Puerto Rico."

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