Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

On 1 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Congressman Serrano Introduces COMPROMISO Act

Sep 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano, in commemoration of the passage of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico a year ago, Congressman Serrano introduced the COMPROMISO Act - the Continuing Our Mission in Puerto Rico to Optimize and Modernize Infrastructure and Sustain Obligations Act. Co-sponsored by Reps. González-Colón, Velázquez, Soto, and Gutiérrez, this bill would extend 100 percent cost share waivers for FEMA categories A and B in Puerto Rico to ensure that the federal government covers the costs of emergency assistance to the island as a result of Hurricane Maria.

In 2007, in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Dennis and Rita, similar language was incorporated into Public Law 110-28 to extend local cost share waivers for the Gulf Coast states that had been affected by these hurricanes. Click here for background info and more details on this change: https://serrano.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/serrano-leads-bipartisan-letter-extend-fema-cost-share-waivers-puerto

“One year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still struggling to fully recover. While we’ve made tremendous progress in Congress by securing significant emergency relief funding for the island, most of this funding hasn’t been disbursed and the island is still going through a financial crisis. Puerto Rico’s local government still can’t bear the burden of FEMA’s cost share requirement, and demanding that it do so now will only further slow and hinder local recovery efforts. This bill will extend the cost share waivers to ensure the federal government continues covering this cost as it did in the Gulf Coast states after Hurricane Katrina,” said Congressman Serrano.

Congressman Serrano also published an Op-Ed on The Hill today on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s passage through Puerto Rico, the federal government’s response, and the need for the federal government to commit itself to the island’s reconstruction.