U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N. J., left, was discovered on the beach Saturday in Puerto Rico, where some 30 Democrats gathered in the midst of the partial government shutdown, meeting with lobbyists and see the theatre in “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, right. The woman with Menendez was not visible. (David McAlpine, Fox News/Associated Press)
Despite a partial government shutdown and no end in sight, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend-with their families and lobbyists — for a winter retreat, where they planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show, ” Hamilton said.”
icipation in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC meeting in San Juan also scheduled a meeting on Saturday with Puerto Rican officials to discuss the ongoing cleanup work from Hurricane Maria, according to a report.
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“This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most attended yet, with over 220 guests, of which 39 members of Congress and CHC BOLD to visit PAC Fans expected and participate!” a planning memo said.
Sheep’s milk takes place in a seaside resort, where rooms run around $429 per night. The participant pays for the “Hamilton” – tickets with its own funds, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Hamilton” Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda began a two-week run of his hit play on Friday in Puerto Rico, money for artists and cultural groups still struggling in the Wake of hurricane Maria. Tickets for the opening night ranged from $10 to $5,000, according to the Associated Press.
“I’ve never felt anything like that,” Miranda said of the amount of energy, adding that singing was the song “Hurricane” is a challenge. “It was very hard to sing that to survive here in Puerto Rico, because you know better than I what it is, a hurricane. I feel like I ‘ m let’s go back to Maria, a little bit every time I sing it.”
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109 lobbyists and corporate executives are the names in a memo welcoming the guests, including several prominent Washington companies, R. J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association.
A spokesman for the FAT-PAC — part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — would not tell the examiner that members of Congress would be also. But U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N. J., was discovered on the beach Saturday, according to a FOX News producer.
The Dems visit comes amid the ongoing partial government shutdown has around 800,000 Federal workers without pay, since it began. Dec. 22, and thus the longest government closure in U.S. history.
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“As our fat-PAC members, the largest contingency of house Democrats head to Puerto Rico for this important weekend — to visit in Puerto Rico, where you will hear from the Commonwealth and local elected officials about the ongoing recovery efforts — we will be closely the situation in Washington,” Bold PAC chair Rep. Tony cárdenas said in a statement monitored. To open “if there is no progress of Senate Republicans or the White house, the Federal government, then we will act accordingly.”
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The chartered jet that carried the participants also brought 250 pounds of donated medical supplies. Travel is the largest congressional delegation to the island since it was devastated by the September 2017 hurricane.
Julian Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary and 2020, the democratic candidate for the presidency, to attend a summit on the island on Monday, according to the examiner.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.