Velázquez on Continuing Resolution and Puerto Rico
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement today regarding the Republican Continuing Resolution bill to fund the government:
“The legislation unveiled by the Republican Leadership is wholly inadequate for Puerto Rico. While the Island continues struggling to recover from a once-in-a-generation humanitarian crisis, this bill fails to provide the assistance that our fellow citizens so desperately need. Puerto Rico cannot afford to continue waiting for assistance. The Island needs help now and the omission of this aid in this package is unconscionable.
“Moreover, the bill provides only $1 billion for Puerto Rico’s badly strained Medicaid program. Not only is this amount unacceptably insufficient, but, adding insult to injury, the funds come with conditions not placed on other localities. In previous disasters, the federal government picked up 100 percent of Medicaid costs related to disaster survivors. Yet, this is not being extended to Puerto Rico and this bill does nothing to address this problem.
“In short, this bill abandons the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need. It should be rejected.”