Women in Music 2016

'Hamilton' Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Asks Congress to Help Puerto Rico Solve Economic Crisis

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Lin-Manuel Miranda participates in a news conference to announce a new push to address the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico on March 15, 2016.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of Broadway hit Hamilton, called on Congress to help solve the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, a country where both his parents were born. 

Describing memories of his childhood visits to the island with his parents and grandparents, Miranda took center stage at a press conference held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to help out the U.S. territory with its $72 million debt.

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"We have a humanitarian crisis on our hands. ... We face a financial crisis that triples anything you've experienced in the United States. It is a solvable, fixable crisis, and what we really need is help from Congress. What we need is the ability to restructure and get Puerto Rico out of the hole it's in." 

Watch his speech on Capitol Hill below: 

Earlier this week, the New York native and the rest of the Hamilton cast gave a special performance of their play in the White House where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watched them perform. 

After their presentation, Lin-Manuel rocked an impromptu freestyle rap based on flash cards the POTUS pulled out. "That's going viral," said Obama.