Republicans are waging a battle over the Constitution when it comes to helping Puerto Rico.
Supporters of Speaker Paul Ryan’s legislation to help Puerto Rico handle billions in debt before a critical July bond payment deadline point to Article IV of the Constitution in arguing they have a responsibility to help the territory.
Article IV stipulates that Congress has power “to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory.”
Conservatives, never shy about a constitutional debate, have a counter-argument.
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