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"The town I grew up in...the bank, the travel agency, the school supply store, those are all gone. Vega Alta is a dying town. The only people who live there now are the people who can't afford to leave."- Lin-Manuel Miranda urges Congress to help Puerto Rico's financial crisis: http://on.msnbc.com/1YVToQq

Posted by MSNBC on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Earlier today, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was one of the speakers calling attention to Puerto Rico’s economic crisis in Congress as part of a #PRDayofAction, where prominent Democratic leaders pushed for a solution to the island’s problems.

“The town I grew up in…the bank, the travel agency, the school supply store, those are all gone. Vega Alta is a dying town. The only people who live there now are the people who can’t afford to leave.”

New bills sponsored this week by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) would “give Puerto Rico broad powers to shed some of its $72 billion of bonds while also giving its public workers’ pensions priority over the bonds.” Parts of the Menendez bills will most certainly meet opposition from his Republican colleagues.

Last month, NPR’s Latino USA dedicated an entire hour to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis:

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