GOP blocks Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill
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Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOvernight Finance: NAFTA defenders dig in | Tech pushes Treasury to fight EU on taxes | AT&T faces setback in merger trial | Dems make new case against Trump tax law | Trump fuels fight over gas tax What sort of senator will Mitt Romney be? Not a backbencher, even day one Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday blocked a Democratic push to pass a Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill. 

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.) had sought unanimous consent to pass his legislation, which would give the U.S. territory access to bankruptcy courts allowing it to restructure its debt. 
 
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Schumer, who stressed that his proposal isn't a "bailout," warned that the island's financial crisis will worsen without action from Congress. 
 
"If we fail to offer Puerto Rico assistance now, the problem will not be contained to the island," he said. "We have the tools to fix the problem. They're sitting in the toolbox. The problem is Puerto Rico isn't allowed to use them."
 
But Hatch suggested that lawmakers were concerned that Schumer's legislation, which he introduced with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), wasn't an efficient way to tackle the territory's crippling debt. 
 
"I don't know of anyone in this chamber who is indifferent to the issues facing our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico," he said. "I agree with the senior senator from New York that Congress must act to address these problems."
 
Hatch, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said lawmakers would introduce alternative legislation as early as Wednesday.
 
Despite Hatch's objection, Democrats suggested they were grateful that the Utah Republican was willing to work on legislation to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis.
 
But Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezJustice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case DACA is neither bipartisan nor in America's interest Senate DACA deal picks up GOP supporters MORE (D-N.J.) said he was "disappointed" that bankruptcy legislation "to help Puerto Rico address its challenges in an orderly and legal way seems to be in a vortex in which we can't get it out."