Velázquez on Supplemental Funding for Puerto Rico
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement today regarding the recently released disaster supplemental bill:
“While I am pleased that House Republicans included more funding than was requested by the Administration, this bill is still insufficient to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. The bill does not include cost sharing for recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. It provides nothing to address Puerto Rico’s Medicaid crisis. While the Continuing Resolution provides $1 billion for that purpose, given the size of the shortfall, those funds are a drop in the bucket.
“The Governor of Puerto Rico has requested $94 billion for Maria recovery and rebuilding. Instead, House Republicans have presented a measure that would provide $81 billion – an already insufficient amount to be split between Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Florida, Texas and areas impacted by wildfires. Simply put, more resources are needed. Congress has a long tradition of coming together in a bipartisan fashion after disasters. In that vein, I’ll continue pressing my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to allocate more resources to assist our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. If Congress does not do so, it would constitute an abject moral failure.
“Finally, let me note that while Republicans incorporated some tax provisions into this package, they did not extend the earned income tax credit to the island, nor expand the child tax credit so that it is consistent with what is provided to other states. I will continue pushing for this type of assistance in the future.”