DeLauro, Meng Release Report on Oversight Visit to Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON DC – Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and her colleague and fellow Appropriator Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), released a report on their recent trip to Puerto Rico to assess the recovery effort underway and to fight for comprehensive disaster relief funding. Since that trip, Congress passed and the President signed into law an $89.3 billion disaster relief package for areas affected in 2017, including Puerto Rico.
“While Puerto Rico has made progress since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island in September, the reality is that much more remains to be done to restore services and basic necessities, as well as health care, to millions of Puerto Ricans—especially families in rural and interior parts of Puerto Rico,” said DeLauro. “If Americans on the mainland had been hit by this type of natural disaster, there would not be a question about providing the resources needed to recover. It is clear that history has its eyes on us—and how we handle this catastrophe. For my part, I will keep fighting to make Puerto Rico whole. It is not just our obligation as a nation—it is our moral obligation.”
“More than four months after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, the island continues to struggle with efforts to recover and rebuild,” said Meng. “During my visit, I saw the devastation first-hand and spoke with local residents about the conditions that they’ve been forced to endure. Puerto Rico continues to need help and assistance. Many still have no power; damage remains to property and infrastructure; and people continue to suffer. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to do all I can to ensure that our fellow Americans receive the aid they need. We cannot forget or ignore the struggles that our brothers and sisters on the island continue to endure.”