Puerto Rico Senate President Kenneth McClintock yesterday criticized Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service for holding meetings with administration officials regarding the island's $9.48 billion fiscal 2009 budget, which the legislature passed on Monday and now sits on Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila's desk.

McClintock said he believes the governor's signature on the fiscal 2009 plan now rides on what the credit rating agencies have to say about the operating budget, a relationship that the senate president does not support.

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