Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Applauds Emergency Funding for Puerto Rico, Territories in New Emergency Disaster Appropriations Bill

Jan 7, 2019
Press Release
Bill includes FEMA local cost share waivers and $600 million in Disaster Food Assistance funding

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, celebrated the successful inclusion of additional emergency relief assistance for Puerto Rico in the new Disaster Supplemental Bill made public Friday last week by the House Appropriations Committee. The bill includes a total of $12.14 billion in recovery assistance for areas that have been affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters, including $662 million in nutrition and Medicaid assistance for Puerto Rico, the Northern Marianas, Guam, and American Samoa, of which $600 million is for nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico. It also includes waivers of local cost share requirements for FEMA Categories A (debris removal) and B (emergency protective measures) for Puerto Rico. This language is similar to the COMPROMISO Act (H.R. 6859 in the 115th Congress), which Congressman Serrano introduced on the first anniversary of Hurricane María last September. Serrano, who helped secure this important assistance for the island, released the following statement:

“Millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico are still suffering the effects of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. This legislation will help ensure they have access to the help they need to successfully get back on their feet in the aftermath of the worst hurricane in the islands’ history. It will also reinstate key FEMA waivers that have helped rebuild the island during the ongoing crisis.  I’m very pleased to see this important emergency relief included in the bill and thank Chairwoman Lowey for her leadership in making sure this bill truly helps the people of Puerto Rico and other territories,” said Congressman Serrano.

For a summary of the legislation, click here.