Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson Urge Federal Govt. To Assist Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
By Kevin Darby, Sunshine State News // September 21, 2017
FLORIDA (SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – With Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico this week, members of the Florida congressional delegation are urging the federal government to step up and offer assistance.
After the storm, which had winds as high as 140 miles per hour, the BBC reported that as many as 3.5 million Puerto Ricans will be without power for months to come.
On Wednesday, Florida’s two U.S. senators–Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio–sent letters to President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session, urging them to show the same level of determination in responding to Hurricane Maria’s impact as the federal government did to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“As you certainly understand, early declarations have proven vital to ensuring that federal agencies are prepared to swiftly and effectively respond to the requests of local officials tasked with protecting our fellow citizens during and after natural disasters,” the senators wrote Trump.
“It is important that the federal government stands ready to assist in the difficult days after Hurricane Maria passes, when hope must be available to combat despair. Because of your foresight, our family, friends, and neighbors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will emerge from yet another major hurricane this month ready to rebuild and recover. However, as even the best laid plans can be overwhelmed by natural forces, we urge your administration’s continued attention to this dangerous storm so that appropriate federal resources can quickly be made available as locally unmet needs arise.”
“Once again, thank you for your leadership and for your attention to the needs of Americans in Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean who have been and continue to be directly impacted by this Atlantic hurricane season,” the senators added.
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