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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velázquez on Puerto Rico Tarps Contract

Velázquez on Puerto Rico Tarps Contract
November 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on news that FEMA awarded and later rescinded a $30 million contract for delivery of tarps in Puerto Rico to a company with no meaningful federal contracting experience:

          “Nearly every step of the way, the Trump Administration’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico has been plagued by missteps and shameful inefficiency.  While the President has spent his time and energy lavishing praise on his Administration, we now find out that Trump’s FEMA failed to properly vet contractors, causing an inexcusable delay in delivery of supplies to people on the Island desperate for help.  As this crisis continues unfolding, lives of our fellow citizens are at stake and we simply cannot afford for further mistakes.  In the immediate term, there can be no more excuses and supplies must get to the people who need them on the Island, now.  In the longer term, I fully expect and will insist that DHS’ Inspector General carefully examine how this contract was awarded.”