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File #: Res 0767-2015    Version: * Name: Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015. (H.R. 870)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on State and Federal Legislation
On agenda: 6/26/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 870, also known as, the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015.
Sponsors: Ritchie J. Torres, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, I. Daneek Miller, Carlos Menchaca, Corey D. Johnson, Helen K. Rosenthal, Donovan J. Richards, Andrew Cohen, Antonio Reynoso, Rory I. Lancman, David G. Greenfield, Andy L. King, Brad S. Lander, Mathieu Eugene, Ben Kallos, Inez D. Barron
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 9/25/15, 2. Hearing Testimony 9/25/15, 3. Hearing Transcript 9/25/15, 4. Committee Report 9/30/15, 5. Hearing Transcript 9/30/15, 6. September 30, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 7. Hearing Transcript of the Stated Meeting - September 30, 2015, 8. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - September 30, 2015
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9/30/2015*Ritchie J. Torres City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2015*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on State and Federal Legislation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2015*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on State and Federal Legislation Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/25/2015*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on State and Federal Legislation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/25/2015*Ritchie J. Torres Committee on State and Federal Legislation Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/26/2015*Ritchie J. Torres City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/26/2015*Ritchie J. Torres City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 767

 

Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 870, also known as, the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015.

 

By Council Members Torres, The Speaker (Council Member Mark-Viverito), Palma, Arroyo, Miller, Menchaca, Johnson, Rosenthal, Richards, Cohen, Reynoso, Lancman, Greenfield, King, Lander, Eugene, Kallos and Barron

 

                     Whereas, The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is struggling with a weak economy, declining population and crushing debt obligations; and

                     Whereas, The unemployment rate in Puerto Rico has remained consistently high and currently stands at around 11.6%; and

                     Whereas, According to the U.S. Census, Puerto Rico’s poverty rate is about 45% or nearly twice that of Mississippi, the poorest state in the Union; and

                     Whereas, Puerto Rico’s financial plight is also distressing to the many New York City residents who have called the island their home, or have family and friends who live there; and

                     Whereas, Due to economic pressures the Puerto Rican population has declined, in contrast to the U.S. population which has increased; and

                     Whereas, Puerto Rico holds over $73 billion dollars in public sector debt, much of which is held by its state-run corporations, such as the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority; and

                     Whereas, Puerto Rico is neither an independent nation, nor a U.S. state, but rather a U.S. territory; and

                     Whereas, Puerto Rico may not manipulate its currency to satisfy debt obligations as an independent nation might; and

                     Whereas, According to U.S. law, as currently written, Puerto Rico’s municipalities, and their publicly-owned corporations, may not claim bankruptcy in the way that the municipalities of states, such as Detroit, may; and

                     Whereas, In an effort to fill the gap in the law, the Puerto Rican government passed the Puerto Rico Public Corporations Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act (“Recovery Act”), which would have authorized certain government-owned corporations to restructure their debt; and

                     Whereas, In February of 2015, a court ruled the Recovery Act was inconsistent with federal law; and

                     Whereas, Without the Recovery Act or access to bankruptcy, Puerto Rico, and its residents-who are United States  citizens-will be unable to avail themselves of orderly and established bankruptcy processes common under federal law; and

                     Whereas, The Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015 would amend Title 11 of the United States Code to treat Puerto Rico as a state for the purposes of adjusting the debts of municipalities; and 

                     Whereas, Access to bankruptcy for the Commonwealth would provide an orderly, established, process for both debtors and creditors that balances public and private interests; now therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 870, also known as, the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015.

 

 

 

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5/1/2015

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