Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Jenniffer González-Colón, led a bipartisan letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urging Administrator Long to continue distributing water and food supplies to Puerto Rico, following announcements that FEMA plans to “shut off” this aid to the island beginning tomorrow. The letter is co-authored by 30 Members of Congress, including the two U.S. Senators from Florida, Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.
“Now is not the time to cut off this life-sustaining assistance. If Florida, or other states, were facing similar situations as the island, there would be an outrage by Members of Congress. We urge FEMA to reconsider; American lives are at stake!” stated Rep. Darren Soto.
“It’s too soon to, without notice, shut off FEMA’s deliveries of food and water to tens of thousands of US citizens in Puerto Rico who are still in desperate need of these vitally needed provisions. For many in Puerto Rico the humanitarian emergency is far from over. FEMA’s decision to immediately end the delivery of basic life sustaining supplies to our most vulnerable people is both untimely and unreasonable and must be overturned,” said Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón
133 days after Hurricane Maria, tens of thousands of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico continue to struggle due to a lack of power and limited access to resources, especially in remote areas of the island. If FEMA’s food and water aid are halted, many Puerto Ricans will be forced to choose between fuel for their generators or food and water for their families.
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