A view of Buena Vista community from the Teodoro Moscoso bridge on the fourth day after the impact of Maria, a Category 5 hurricane that crossed the island, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, September 24, 2017. Shortly after the passing of the hurricane all communications collapsed all over the US Territory. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

House Speaker Ryan Says Puerto Rico Will Have What They Need

Puerto Rico has not been forgotten.

So says House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Amid all the talk of kneeling athletes, you would think the devastation Hurricanes Irma and Maria wrought on the territory was settled, but that’s not so.

Ryan said in a statement Monday that lawmakers are working with the White House “to ensure necessary resources get to the U.S. territory,” where island-wide power outages and widespread damage have imperiled more than 3 million U.S. citizens.

“The stories and images coming out of Puerto Rico are devastating,” Ryan said. “Our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico remain in our prayers as we make sure they have what they need.”

Congress is working through aid packages for Houston, Texas, still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and the southeast that felt the impact of Hurricane Irma.

They will have to increase the National Flood Insurance Program’s borrowing authority. It currently has a $30 billion cap. That will have to be raised, in order to pay out flood insurance claims.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico struggles on.

Puerto Rico is expected to be without power for months while government officials struggle to address food and fuel shortages across the territory. The island had already been reeling from a debt crisis that froze swaths of the Puerto Rican financial system and led to severe cuts to critical state health care, social services and education.

This was a horrible time to have to deal with the destructive power of a major storm, as well.
Keep Puerto Rico in your prayers.

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