Orlando Congressman calls for more federal aid for Puerto Rico

Sep 28, 2017, 00:19

He told CNN that the act was temporarily waived during Hurricane Irma, which he said was much less devastating than what Puerto Rico is facing.

After well-received responses to two major hurricanes that hit the USA mainland, President Donald Trump is battling to show Americans he can handle yet another natural disaster - this time in Puerto Rico - despite being caught up in another Twitter war.

During a press conference held on Tuesday, President Trump defended the administration's handling of the situation by pointing out that Puerto Rico is an island and that the government can't just "drive your trucks there from other states". In Puerto Rico, the need is different.

Naftali said that in his responses to Harvey and Irene, Trump and his team seemed to have learned the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that stained the presidency of George W. Bush after his detached response. "It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster".

In addition to the slow response time from our government, however, is the fact that Puerto Rico's suffering is taking up a lot less of our media and social media landscape than Houston or Florida did when they lay in the path of hurricanes. She plans to go to Puerto Rico October 7 to deliver the supplies in person with a team, including doctors and nurses who are paying their own way.

Earlier today, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford testified to the Senate that the military had the capability to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico, but that these efforts would be contingent on securing and rebuilding the island's airfields and ports, according to Military.com.

"It's very tough, because it's an island", he said. "People from all parts of New Jersey, no matter their ethnic background or political slant, understand that this relief fund will be an enormous benefit to thousands of struggling Americans who live in the commonwealth". Viewed in this context, I suppose we should be grateful that they are so quick to play the race card. And many are relatives and friends of people in the Youngstown area. "We're limited by the transportation logistics, but at some point of course, getting fuel into the island is going to be critical so that we can have the major functions of telecoms, hospitals, water, to be running appropriately". "Our intent is to get over there by any means". "Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico".

Rodriguez-Baltazar said she is focused on constructive activities to keep herself from grieving those lost and worrying about the danger her parents and extended family could live with for an extended period of time. "I don't know if food has gotten to him", Wanda said. Supplies and goods can be dropped off Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., as well as Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Food, water, these are american citizens, Treat them as American citizens.

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