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Puerto Rico unveils budget that includes $200M debt payment

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla speaks at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Puerto Rico's governor unveiled a stark budget Monday, May 23, 2016, that sets aside more than $200 million for a critical bond payment as the U.S. territory sinks into a deep economic crisis.  (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz,File)

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla speaks at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Puerto Rico's governor unveiled a stark budget Monday, May 23, 2016, that sets aside more than $200 million for a critical bond payment as the U.S. territory sinks into a deep economic crisis. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz,File)  (The Associated Press)

Puerto Rico's governor has unveiled a stark budget that sets aside more than $200 million for a critical bond payment as the U.S. territory sinks into a deep economic crisis.

The proposed $9.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year is $700 million smaller than the current one and calls for nearly $3 billion in cuts to government operating expenses.

Legislators have to approve a budget by July 1, the day a $2 billion debt payment is due. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that he set aside $209 million to help pay interest linked to that debt.

Puerto Rico is smothered by $70 billion in public debt that Garcia has said is unpayable. A U.S. House bill seeks to create a federal control board and allow for some restructuring.