Sage advice from our own R Con R Cruz: "Right now, the challenges are immense. The electric grid is destroyed, with at least 80 percent of its transmission lines down. The electricity generation system is obsolete — most generators date back more than 40 years. And the electric authority (PREPA) is bankrupt. So it’s critical to keep a skeptical eye out, because many will come with promises of helping Puerto Rico, while really looking to cash in on a hefty bounty. And while these are not necessarily mutually exclusive actions, Puerto Rico needs to be careful not to forgo its future and fall prey to the vultures simply out of a desire to get back on its feet as fast as possible." ... See MoreSee Less
After having lived through the “worst” and gotten used to misery, the people of Puerto Rico are about to experience the sequel to disaster — vultures will arrive to feast on the opportunities presented by recovery efforts.
The people of Puerto Rico deserve the same aid and support as their fellow U.S. citizens in Texas and Florida. Puerto Rico is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Continue advocating for the rights and FAIR TREATMENT of the 3.4M U.S.citizens living in Puerto Rico who can not vote for POTUS. We can do right by our fellow citizens. We can all do something.
Our stories need to be told so we can hold ourselves and our leaders accountable. This powerful one is penned by family of one of our members. Thank you to the Arvelo family for raising their voices. ... See MoreSee Less
Call 📞. Puerto Rico badly needs a robust relief package. We need to be the voices of the people on the island without representation in Congress. ... See MoreSee Less
Last night, the House Appropriations Committee moved forward on legislation to provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief and recovery.
The funding requests includes:
✖️$18.7 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief
✖️$16 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program
✖️In addition, it includes a provision for the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP) to enable low-income residents in #PuertoRico to receive the same emergency nutrition assistance that other hurricane-affected states already receive.
CALL the Congressional Appropriations Committee, ask to speak to a staff person who works on Puerto Rico.
✖️Request for increased funding to the proposed disaster aid package for Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and the Virgin Islands.
✖️Urge Chairman Frelinghuysen to increase the proposed funding.
Moody’s Analytics preliminary estimates indicate that the damages caused in PR by Hurricane Maria are approximately $95 billion.