GOP blocks Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill
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Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday blocked a Democratic push to pass a Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill. 

 
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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) MenendezOvernight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible Poll: Most in NJ want Menendez to resign if found guilty 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."