Serrano Statement on Disaster Supplemental with Aid for Puerto Rico Relief Efforts
“This is a first step in addressing the needs of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The funding provides short term assistance to the government of Puerto Rico and the federal government, allowing them to continue their relief and recovery efforts.
“Much more needs to be done, however, to comprehensively address the many housing, health care, environmental, education, and other challenges Puerto Rico is facing in the wake of Hurricane Maria. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Committee and in Congress to ensure that Puerto Rico receives the funding it needs to fully recover.
“It is important to note that while this bill will provide FEMA with the funds to do more, there also needs to be a willingness and commitment from the Trump Administration to address the serious shortcomings of the current relief effort. I have yet to see that commitment.”
Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.