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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velázquez on Trump’s Puerto Rico Comments

Velázquez on Trump’s Puerto Rico Comments
September 11, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement after President Trump referred to his Administration’s response to Hurricane Maria as an “incredible unsung success.”

            “The President’s remarks are not only tone deaf, but a moral affront to the 2,975 of our fellow citizens who we now know lost their lives to Hurricane Maria.

            “The President should apologize.”

To establish federal procedures for counting fatalities following a natural disaster, Velázquez has introduced the Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies’ (COUNT) Victims Act. To investigate the federal response to Hurricane Maria, Velázquez has introduced the National Commission of the Federal Response to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico Act.