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For Immediate Release:
September 4th, 2015


Jose Julio Aparicio - President of Boricuas con O'Malley

San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 4th, 2015 – Popular Lawmakers Endorse O’Malley and Call on Hillary Clinton

Senator Jorge Suárez along with a groups of elected officials and local political leaders have endorsed former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley on his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States and at the same time call upon Hillary Clinton to explain the reasons why she did not show leadership as O’Malley has on important issues for Puerto Rico like supporting HR870.

Among the elected officials from the PPD are Representatives César Hernández, Sonia Pacheco, Ramón Luis Cruz, Carlos Bianchi and Nelson Torres Yordán. Secretary Clinton, which has visited Puerto Rico and received the support of the majority of Democrats in the past when she tried to be the democratic nominee, has not called for the need for action on core issues for Puerto Rico, like declaring that Congress should approve HR870 so that Puerto Rico can renegotiate its debt in the same way that other states can.

Clinton must also express herself on what she thinks in regards to the unfair treatment of the Secretary of Health and Human Services towards Puerto Rico in regards to the reimbursements the island receives under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid. This scheduled trip to the island must be used to meet up with those affected by the health crisis and the island’s economic situation, like former Governor and now aspiring presidential candidate, Martin O’Malley, has done in social media, public forums and conventions.

“Martin O’Malley has shown one more time with actions and not just words, which has been evident throughout his 16 years as Mayor and Governor, and that is being able to pass a successful progressive and liberal agenda,” said Senator Suárez.

Additionally, the elected officials pointed out that Clinton did not make an official statement on Puerto Rico until after former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, said that Puerto Rico should be able to negotiate with its creditors according the bankruptcy laws of the United States.