San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz didn't mince her words Wednesday when asked about President Donald Trump's pledges of support to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico during his State of the Union speech, denouncing them as "hypocrisy".
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has denounced the US government's decision to end food and water emergency aid to Puerto Rico when almost one-third of the island is still recouping from the effects of Hurricane Maria, which shattered the island in September.
"There was never, and is not now, a decision to stop distributing commodities on the island", FEMA said in a written statement on Wednesday evening.
Democrats and Republicans were quick to speak out against the move to end FEMA aid to the island.
After a bipartisan outcry this week, the agency appeared to walk back its decision. However, Booher told NPR on January 31 that FEMA will not ship additional food and water to Puerto Rico, believing current supplies are sufficient.
One-third of residents have no electricity, and one-fifth have no potable water, but FEMA is planning to end its recovery efforts in Puerto Rico this week. More than four months after the storm, almost a third of Puerto Rican power utility customers are still without electricity, and the island's financial position remains shaky. Food and clean water are still scarce for many residents in rural areas. Operations began shortly after the hurricane hit the island and plunged it into darkness with no electricity or water supply.
Since then, Polk State has assisted more than 60 individuals who fled Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria and has enrolled a dozen as students. Yulin tells reporters in Washington that about 35 percent of residents still don't have power and can't keep food in their homes. He said the agency is confident it has enough of a stockpile there already to meet the need that remains.
The agency has 46 million liters of water and 4 million meals and snacks on the island that it plans to distribute. "I would say it's a 10", he bragged at the time.
The members signing the letter included Florida's two USA senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, and the state's lone US representative with Puerto Rican roots, Orlando Democrat Darren Soto.
"Maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story, but when you're drinking from a creek, when you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story..."This is a "people are dying" story", she said".
As Puerto Rico continues to restore its energy system following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, ComEd is sending crews and equipment to assist in the restoration of power.
Walla Walla District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Power Response Team members returned recently from Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands missions after aiding in hurricane recovery efforts. As Soto pointed out, "American lives are at stake!"