The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala honored Senator Elizabeth Warren, who took the opportunity to speak on the debt crisis in Puerto Rico.
Senator Warren was quoted by participants via Twitter as saying, “We have a moral obligation to help the millions of citizens caught in debt crisis in Puerto Rico.”
Buzzfeed reporter Darren Sands said that Warren “calls for statehood for Puerto Rico–says pressure is needed on Congress and the White House to act.”
Warren was also quoted as saying, “This is the United States of America and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.”
Social media reports of Warren’s speech were uniformly positive. @PuertoRicoSerio called the speech “rousing,” @TheMartyCastro described it as “passionate,” and @Andrea_Delgado7 said, “Could hear a pin drop w/
@SenWarren speaking abt PuertoRico econ. crisis & role of WallStreet.” Other attendees called on Warren to present the same speech to the Senate and @CuervoPR51 began the day with “Good morning @uscapitol! Ready for the #LULAC16 with @LULAC to advocate for a solution to the #PRFinancialCrisis.”
“Let’s get out there and fight!” Warren said to LULAC attendees, encouraging everyone to register to vote and to put pressure on Congress.
Senator Warren and Senator John Cornyn were honored with the LULAC Legislative Award. The award is given each year to leaders from across the nation who have supported the Hispanic community. The event also included panels on health, immigration, and education, as well as a job fair.
Senator Warren has spoken up for Puerto Rico before, demanding Treasury leadership and proposing a moratorium on creditor lawsuits against Puerto Rico until Congress makes a decision on the kind of help they are prepared to offer the territory. Warren has also attended and spoken in hearings on Puerto Rico. Her state, Massachusetts, has one of the highest populations of people of Puerto Rican heritage.