GOP blocks Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill
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Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMellman: What happened after Ginsburg? Bottom line Bottom line MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday blocked a Democratic push to pass a Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill. 

Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial 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) MenendezYear-end deal creates American Latino, women's history museums Lawmakers call for including creation of Latino, women's history museums in year-end spending deal Trump offered 0 million to terrorism victims to save Sudan-Israel deal  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."