Blumenauer Statement on Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Assistance following Hurricane Maria

September 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today called for immediate federal assistance for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

“The unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is heartbreaking. These American communities need more than ‘thoughts and prayers.’ They need help, and they need it now. This is a humanitarian crisis, and the Trump administration must step up its assistance to all of those affected by this disaster. Congress should also come together and put forward a comprehensive package to provide both immediate and long-term relief.

“The people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are American citizens – and deserve to be treated as such.”