"It's heartbreaking and it lacks knowledge. about what the role is for FEMA and the others in time of natural disaster [and] what our responsibility is as the federal government to the people of our country", Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.
To clarify, that's the president of the United States (1) doubling down on his claim that, really, the commonwealth brought this on itself; (2) suggesting that, despite the fact that almost 90 percent of people are still without power and some may be drinking from Superfund sites because they don't have clean water, the federal government is about ready to wash its hands of the situation; and (3) implying that the people of Puerto Rico are pulling a fast one on him, trying to take advantage to extract more aid than they really need.
"[They] fight in our wars, die for our safety, for our security".
Democrats said Trump's attacks were "shameful", given that the 3 million-plus US citizens on Puerto Rico are confronting the kind of hardships that would draw howls of outrage if they affected a state.
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The bill combines $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency with $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program pay an influx of Harvey-related claims.
He continued in a third tweet: "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been awesome (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!" In numerous public statements, emergency responders have warned that the severity of the devastation means the relief and recovery effort will be a long-drawn process and have vowed to remain for the duration. Puerto Rico's sole representative in Congress, Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers also will be part of the congressional delegation.
President Donald Trump is criticizing hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and says the government can't keep federal aid there "forever".
Ryan said he didn't know about Trump's tweets. They see a double standard, at best, and racism at worst.
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Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday drinking water supplies have been restored to almost 60% of the island but some areas in the north remained at around 20% after Hurricane Maria hit the USA territory.
At a government briefing in Puerto Rico Thursday morning, the main topics were access to drinking water and the restoration of power in an area that has come to rely on generators. As Tom Gjelten reported last night, the island has 78 mayors - and, he added, "They're said to be accustomed to doing their business without interference from above". "They should be as swift as possible to help people resume their normal lives". But the federal relief effort has also hit problems such as reported hoarding by municipal employees, Tom said, citing it as one reason for the "militarization of the aid operation" in Puerto Rico.
"We're all Americans, and we owe them what they need", she said.
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