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Jose Serrano

Puerto Rico lacking unified voice in Congress hurts aid efforts

WASHINGTON Puerto Rico's loudest advocates in Washington are having trouble persuading the U.S. Congress to listen. Even with some Democratic support to help ease the commonwealth's debt crisis, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi has little pull with Republican leaders and has muddled his message by pushing for statehood. What's more, he and Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla rivals in an election next year don't always agree. The disunity of its leaders is hurting Puerto Rico's campaign for help from Congress, including support for a measure that would allow some commonwealth agencies to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, political observers say. "There is no...

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