FEMA Now Claims It Never Planned to Abandon Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria

Lawmakers Respond To FEMA Puerto Rico Cutoff Lawmakers have called on FEMA to continue supplying food and water to Puerto Rico.

Some Puerto Rican and US politicians had criticized FEMA this week after NPR reported on Monday that FEMA's mission in Puerto Rico was coming to an end, citing a spokesman for the agency.

Audio will be available later today. However, Booher told NPR on January 31 that FEMA will not ship additional food and water to Puerto Rico, believing current supplies are sufficient. The date, he said, actually marked an internal planning date to evaluate if the US territory still needed aid.

Maldonado said FEMA's aid is critical to residents, as much of the money they would have normally used to buy food is instead being used to buy fuel.

As Mother Jones reported Tuesday, FEMA issued its own statement in response to the NPR story, saying that their mission "continues" and that it would still support "documented needs" of island residents.

"To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands - everywhere - we are with you, we love you, and we always will pull through together, always", Trump said.
However, that funding doesn't include Puerto Rico revitalization.

As Puerto Rico continues to restore its energy system following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, ComEd is sending crews and equipment to assist in the restoration of power.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said after the State of the Union that the Trump administration is abandoning Puerto Rico and the president doesn't care that Puerto Ricans are still suffering. But more than four months after Hurricane Maria, more than a third of Puerto Rico's residents still don't have power.

In December, representatives of the island's Emergency Management Agency and FEMA consulted mayors across the island to determine the need of food and water to their communities, according to FEMA. "So we need to create a balance".

Sen. Marco Rubio also reminded FEMA that people who live on the island are Americans too and deserve our resources when in need of help. So why should Washington treat Puerto Rico any differently?

"This is outrageous. In New Orleans, FEMA stayed there for 10 years", said Velazquez, who is Puerto Rican.

But as public concerns mounted over FEMA's plans following NPR's report, the agency released a new statement.

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