WASHINGTON — The federal government is closely monitoring the deteriorating fiscal health of Puerto Rico and is considering ways it might assist the struggling commonwealth, an effort complicated by political headwinds and the unique status of U.S. territories and their bonds, according to sources familiar with the matter

The U.S. Treasury and the president’s Council of Economic Advisers have been tracking Puerto Rico, which experienced a drop in its bond prices through late summer and is now facing the very real prospect of limited market access, they said.

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