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'Hamilton' Creator: Puerto Rico in Desperate Need of Help

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By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:53 PM

Puerto Rico, still reeling from the ravages of Hurricane Maria, needs a lifeline only President Donald Trump and Congress can provide, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" says.

Miranda made his comments in a column for The Washington Post.

"Since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico 84 days ago, my Uncle Elvin hasn't had electricity," he said. "You read that right. Eighty-four days without being able to turn on a light, or stock a refrigerator, or take a hot shower. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans on the island cannot do the simple things we all take for granted."

He maintained under the best of circumstances, it will take the island a "long time" to be totally functional again. Miranda said the federal government's response has been "painfully slow and not commensurate with the hurricane response in Texas and Florida."

"We rejoiced when the first package of $5 billion in aid was approved by Congress," Miranda said. But then the House included a 20 percent import tax on products manufactured in foreign jurisdictions in the tax-reform bill it passed in November.

Because Puerto Rico would be considered a "foreign jurisdiction" under the bill, this tax would deal a mortal blow to the island's fragile economy, costing up to 250,000 jobs.

"Puerto Rico needs a lifeline that only Congress and the Trump administration can provide."

Miranda called for the "crippling 20 percent excise tax on Puerto Rican products" to be dropped. He maintained the federal government must move "quickly on the $94 billion aid package requested by Puerto Rican officials."

Miranda also said Puerto Rico cannot pay its debt to creditors and urged the government to push ahead with full debt forgiveness.

"There's no shortage of compassion and goodwill for Puerto Rico among the American people," he said. "But it must be matched by the recognition of our government that the American citizens of Puerto Rico need, demand and require equal treatment."

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