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Thursday’s Puerto Rico Committee Vote Postponed, Talks Continue

A pending House Natural Resources Committee vote on a bill to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has been postponed as members of Congress continue to wrangle with how to attract support on both sides of the aisle.

At the first session of the markup Wednesday afternoon, Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) adjourned the session rather than call for a recess, indicating the session won’t be picked up this week, at least. He did so after a brief meeting for members to submit their opening statements for the record.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz), the committee’s ranking member, told reporters immediately after the meeting that the talks on the legislation are continuing. Both he and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, hope the markup can take place next week.

“The points of contention continue to be talked about,” Grijalva said.  “I think the gravity of the situation for Puerto Rico — If more time is needed, then we should take advantage of that and both sides are willing to give more time to see if we can come up with a truly bipartisan piece of legislation.”