Dems Condemn Trump Administration’s Statements and Lack of Action on Puerto Rico
Fifty-six House Democrats led by NY Congressman José Serrano last week sent a letter to Donald Trump condemning his constant attacks and undermining of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. The rebuke came after reports that Trump was considering diverting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding appropriated by Congress for disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in order to build the wall along the southern border. More recent reports revealed Trump to tried prevent disaster relief funding from HUD from being distributed to the government of Puerto Rico. And the members also mentioned the administration’s attempts to further undermine recovery in Puerto Rico by objecting to the inclusion of $600 million in funding for the Nutrition Assistance Program in Puerto Rico. “[The] pattern of continued pattern of ignorance and insults must end. Puerto Rico’s recovery is ongoing, and the needs of the American citizens living on the island remain high. Damage estimates continue to dwarf the size of federal assistance, and threatening to take away what Congress has already appropriated is both counterproductive and harmful,” the members wrote. And we told you last week, Puerto Rico received slower and less “generous” federal assistance after Hurricane Maria than Texas and Florida did after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan. More here.