Sanders calls on Senate Dems to oppose Puerto Rico bill

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war Congress must address the looming debt crisis MORE called on Senate Democrats to oppose a broadly supported bill to help Puerto Rico handle its debt crisis.

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The Vermont senator said Monday the bill “would make a terrible situation even worse,” citing concerns with a control board the legislation sets up. 

"We must stop treating Puerto Rico like a colony and start treating the American citizens of Puerto Rico with the respect and dignity that they deserve," Sanders wrote in a Monday letter to Senate Democrats.

Sanders announced his opposition to the new Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) on Thursday. 

An updated version of PROMESA was introduced last Wednesday. It's supported by House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE.

Puerto Rico holds its Democratic presidential primary on June 5.