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House Members Demand Increased Recovery Response in Puerto Rico

Sep 27, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires joined over 140 of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump demanding more resources for recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.  The letter requests that President Trump further mobilize the Department of Defense (DOD) in its disaster relief response to Puerto Rico. Current DOD missions have been deployed to the island, yet more immediate assistance is needed.

“Puerto Rico is facing a level of devastation that could rapidly become a humanitarian crisis if adequate resources are not immediately sent to the island.  Despite increased personnel and ongoing recovery efforts, the current response does not match the enormity of the situation” said Rep. Sires.  “My colleagues and I demand that the Administration act immediately and effectively to provide the necessary supplies, personnel, and funds to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.”

The letter requests DOD to take multiple steps to intensify its mission, including the deployment of aviation assets to deliver supplies and the appointment of a senior general officer to coordinate with FEMA. Other requests include logistical support for rescuing citizens, restoring power and telecommunication infrastructure, and protecting communities from looting. The letter also requests that the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier be sent to the region, just as it was deployed to Miami following Hurricane Irma.