Bondholders Sue to Block Puerto Rico Debt Moratorium

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Bondholders Sue to Block Puerto Rico Debt Moratorium

Religious Development Coalition Releases Statement

WASHINGTON - Owners of Puerto Rico government debt filed suit to undo a debt moratorium law passed by the island's government in April. Puerto Rico owes more than $70 billion in debt and nearly $2 billion is due July 1. The US Senate is debating a bill (the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, or "PROMESA") passed June 9 by the House of Representatives that restructures Puerto Rico's debt and blocks debt lawsuits against its government.

Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious development coalition Jubilee USA, releases the following statement:

"I'm not surprised by this lawsuit. If the debt moratorium is thrown out and Congress doesn't intervene, we'll see a race to the courthouse. That's why it's so important that we set up a clear restructuring system that protects both creditors and Puerto Rico's people.

"The Senate should act quickly and pass legislation that addresses Puerto Rico's debt crisis. PROMESA offers an orderly process for resolving the debt and accountability measures to make sure Puerto Rico isn't asking for help again five years from now.
 
"Ultimately, we need a solution that is fair to all parties, including Puerto Rico's people. The people impacted the most by this crisis played no role in creating it."

Read more about Puerto Rico's debt moratorium law

Read more about the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act

Read a timeline of Puerto Rico's debt crisis

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Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 80 religious denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the definitive cancellation of crushing debts to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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