FEMA Ending Meals and Water Provides to Puerto Rico

01 February, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • FEMA has announced its withdrawing its aid mission from Puerto Rico four months after Hurricane Maria pummelled the island

Florida's U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio took to the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday to demand more hurricane relief, with Nelson decrying the decision by the administration of President Donald Trump to end food and water aid to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and Rubio renewing his call for Congress to pass a comprehensive disaster relief package.

"The Government.is waiting for critical data provided by FEMA in order to determine when the responsibilities should be transferred from FEMA to the Government of Puerto Rico", Pesquera said in a statement.

Audio will be available later today. On Wednesday, a spokesman said FEMA was winding down its food and water deliveries in Puerto Rico, but would keep distributing both to towns in need for the time being.

Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who is overseeing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy, did not address the merits of the bondholders' claims, concluding that she lacked jurisdiction over some of them, and that others were not fit to be ruled on. "I would say it's a 10", he bragged at the time. "We have a full-blown humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico right now", Nelson said. So far, FEMA said it has provided more than 30 million gallons of potable water and almost 60 million meals to those in Puerto Rico, NPR reported. In a bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Sens. Despite visiting the island and signing a $36.5 billion emergency aid measure to refill disaster accounts, provide a cash infusion and bail out the federal flood insurance program, Trump has received considerable flack from Democrats and Puerto Ricans for failing to fix the island faster. And Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., will bring a college student who is one of 300,000 Puerto Ricans who have relocated to Florida since the storm.

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In the lawsuit, which was filed in June, a group of these bondholders, led by Aurelius Capital Management, alleged the island's government had violated Puerto Rican law and the USA constitution by paying for government services with revenues it diverted from other reserves. "He already has things mapped out and Puerto Rico certainly doesn't have any consideration in that plan", a resident told BuzzFeed News.

"The reality is that we just need to look around, said Alejandro De La Campa, FEMA's director in Puerto Rico".

"FEMA and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are not stopping the provision of commodities after Hurricane Maria".

"FEMA will continue to support the government of Puerto Rico to meet the needs they identify". If Florida, or other states, were facing similar situations as the island, there would be an outrage by Members of Congress. "It is affecting the economy of Puerto Rico. We urge FEMA to reconsider; American lives are at stake!"


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