WaPo Spotlights Bishop, ‘the Man Who Might Have Saved Puerto Rico’

The Washington Post interviews Rep. Rob Bishop about his efforts to shepherd his “complicated, high-stakes, and surprisingly bipartisan” Puerto Rico rescue bill toward House passage.

Reports Mike DeBonis:

The House managed to pass a complicated, high-stakes and surprisingly bipartisan piece of legislation on Thursday — a bill that gives Puerto Rico a path out of its mounting fiscal crisis by creating a new federally appointed financial oversight board and an orderly process for restructuring its $72 billion in bond debt. At the center of the long and thorny negotiations was Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the Natural Resources Committee chairman whose dry wit and closet full of three-piece suits have made him one of the most indelible personalities of the House Republican Conference.


PowerPost spoke to the seven-term lawmaker Friday, a day after the House voted 297 to 127 to pass the rescue bill — giving the Senate less than three weeks to act before Puerto Rico goes over a July 1 fiscal cliff when $2 billion in bondholder payments are due.