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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Crisis in Puerto Rico

Sep 26, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Maria and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico:

“In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which destroyed the island’s infrastructure, our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are without power, food, and water.  Food and water are desperately needed and infrastructure must be rebuilt so aid can be delivered quickly throughout the whole island.  While there are some disaster relief and military teams on the ground, more can and should be done.

We must prioritize measures to ensure that the current disaster does not become a humanitarian crisis.  We cannot sit idly by while the residents of Puerto Rico are trapped without access to shelter, sustenance, or medical services.  The Administration must take immediate action to increase funding, personnel, and equipment so we can address the immediate needs of Puerto Ricans and help them rebuild their homes.”