Congressional Disaster Relief Legislation Ignores Puerto Rico

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Congressional Disaster Relief Legislation Ignores Puerto Rico

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Hurricanes Maria and Irma caused vast destruction in Puerto Rico, creating humanitarian crisis conditions for millions.

Instead of massive amounts of vitally needed aid and debt relief, the Trump administration requested House and Senate members authorize a $4.9 billion loan to the island as part of $36.5 billion in disaster relief – plus a $150 million loan, matching FEMA grants, increasing its unrepayable indebtedness instead of responsibly cancelling it.

Funds loaned are intended for maintaining basic government operations, nothing for devastated Puerto Ricans.

Most on the island still lack power. They have limited access to food, fuel and clean drinking water.

Estimated hurricane damage is around $95 billion, according to Governor Ricardo Rossello. "Puerto Rico is on the brink of a massive liquidity crisis that
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