The Repulican Speaker of the House is backing cutrrent effort to provide disaster assistance to the American island and will visist ther tomorrow…
But because he KNOWS Trump is ever listening made sure to back Trump’s comment that the island’s people will have to work to reconstruct their island when some of the Federal help leaves…
We ALL KNOW that help rushed to the islnad will have to ramp down…
But this cerainly isn’t the time to use that comment as a foil against the mayor of San Juan ( and outspoken woman) which Trump seems to be doing….
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that Puerto Rico is facing a “humanitarian crisis” and argued that the federal government has a responsibility to provide personnel and aid to the hurricane-ravaged island territory.
But Ryan also appeared to defend controversial remarks by President Trump that federal resources cannot remain in Puerto Rico “forever,” saying the territory needs to get back “on its own two feet.” The president did not make similar comments about two other regions that have been slammed by hurricanes, Houston and south Florida.
“Yes, we need to make sure that Puerto Rico can begin to stand on its own two feet,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference. “They’ve already had tough fiscal problems to begin with. … We’ve got to do more to help Puerto Rico rebuild its own economy so that it can be self-sufficient.”
The speaker visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters last week and is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to Puerto Rico on Friday to see firsthand the damage and recovery effort. Thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without power, water and health care, according to news reports….
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) affirmed Thursday that it would continue to support Puerto Rico after President Trump suggested the agency may be pulled from the hurricane-ravaged island.
FEMA “will be w/Puerto Rico, [U.S. Virgin Islands], every state, territory impacted by a disaster every day, supporting throughout their response & recovery,” the agency’s deputy director of public affairs Eileen Lainez wrote on Twitter….
The House easily passed legislation on Thursday to provide $36.5 billion in aid for communities affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires, despite concerns from some conservatives about the growing cost of disaster aid.
All of the votes in opposition were from Republicans in the 353-69 vote.
The package includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster relief fund — including $4.9 billion for a disaster relief loan account — $16 billion to address national flood insurance program debt and $576.5 million for wildfire recovery efforts. It also provided $1.27 billion for disaster food assistance for Puerto Rico….