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Congress and White House strike debt rescue deal for Puerto Rico

Congress and White House strike debt rescue deal for Puerto Rico

House Republicans and Democrats reached a rare election-year deal with the White House to try to rescue Puerto Rico from $70 billion in debt as millions of Americans in the cash-strapped U.S. territory struggle with the loss of basic services.

A revised House bill introduced late Wednesday would create a board to help manage the territory's financial obligations and restructure some debt. Negotiations between the Obama administration and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's office helped finalize the legislation.

It is a "fair but tough bipartisan compromise," Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said.

Ryan (R-Wis.) said the legislation would prevent...

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