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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velázquez Releases Vision for Sustainable Recovery in Puerto Rico

Velázquez Releases Vision for Sustainable Recovery in Puerto Rico
January 16, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released “2018: Restarting Puerto Rico,” an outline of principles designed to spur economic growth and recovery in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. 
In the document, Velázquez articulates five key principles to a long-term recovery plan for the Island: 
1) Addressing Healthcare Inequities including permanently solving Puerto Rico’s Medicaid shortfall
2) Rebuilding an Energy Grid Resistant to Future Storms
3) Investing in Resilient Homes and Public Buildings
4) Adopting Fiscal Transparency and Accountability
5) Enabling Tools for Economic Development
“During the past three months, thoughts of my friends and relatives enduring more than 100 days without electricity still keep me up at night,” wrote Velázquez. “Amidst all recovery efforts, I have yet to see an articulate, long-term recovery plan for the Island. The principles being outlined today would provide a framework to begin the long process of finally making Puerto Rico whole again.”
The full document is available here and a one page summary is online here