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    View of a sailboat dragged to the shore by strong waves in the Bay of Samana, after the passage of Hurricane Fiona, in Samana, Dominican Republic on September 20, 2022.Erika Santelices | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government would cover costs related to Hurricane Fiona relief in Puerto Rico in full for the next month. "I've authorized 100% — 100% federal funding for debris removal, search and rescue, water restoration and shelter and food for the whole month," Biden said. "To the people of Puerto Rico who are still hurting from Hurricane Maria five years later, they should know that we are with you. We're not going to walk away. I mean it." Hurricane Fiona caused catastrophic damage across Puerto Rico, leaving more than 1.4 million people without power in the immediate aftermath. The storm, which dropped up to 30 inches of rain in some areas, cut electricity and access to running water for most of the island. Biden made the announcement at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Region 2 headquarters at the...
    (CNN)Exactly five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, yet another catastrophic storm is testing the federal government's capacity to mount a rapid response on an island exposed by its rudimentary infrastructure and vulnerability to climate change.The Biden White House is mobilizing a surge of assistance after Hurricane Fiona triggered lashing rains, severe floods, mudslides and blackouts. The echoes of 2017, when Maria caused more than a couple thousand deaths and left tens of billions of dollars in damage, are haunting local residents who are still trying to rebuild. Some whose homes were flooded out may face the prospect of starting again."It has been catastrophic rain that just won't stop," Robert Little, the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinating officer on the island, told CNN's Erin Burnett, as the government's relief effort began to accelerate. "The FEMA team has been leaning forward ever since we got the call to get down here." At least 2 dead in Puerto Rico after unbelievable Hurricane FionaThe effort is building on an improved federal presence on the island since Maria, when the Trump administration was...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's angry tweet about her grandmother's damaged home in Puerto Rico and accusations about 'blocked' Hurricane Maria aid sparked a new storm – with one right-wing commentator starting a GoFundMe page that raised $104,000 to help her 'abuela'. But the fiery congresswoman might not have the unequivocal support of one member of her family for her online outburst. AOC tweeted two pictures of grandmother Clotilde Rivera's ruined ceiling with the words: 'Just over a week ago, my abuela fell ill. I went to Puerto Rico to see her – my 1st time in a year+ bc of COVID. 'This is her home. Hurricane Maria help hasn't arrived. Trump blocked relief $ for PR…. 'And for the record - my abuela is doing okay. It's not about us, but about what's happening to Puerto Ricans across the island.' DailyMail.com tracked down 81-year-old Clotilde's home to a quiet community just outside the picturesque coastal city of Arecibo - located 40 miles west from capital San Juan - on the island's beautiful north coast. And when we politely approached the two-story flat-roofed...
    (CNN)The Trump administration put up barriers that delayed $20 billion in hurricane relief aid to Puerto Rico and blocked an investigation into the delayed funds, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing a 46-page inspector general report.Access to Housing and Urban Development information was delayed or denied during an investigation into the delayed relief to the US territory for the devastation left by 2017 Hurricane Maria the report found, according to the Post.Former HUD Secretary Ben Carson and another former department officials declined to be interviewed by investigators during the investigation and former senior Office of Management and Budget officials also declined to give information about decisions related to Puerto Rico's aid, the newspaper also reported."Delays and denials of access and refusals to cooperate negatively affected the ability of the [Office of Inspector General] to conduct this review," the report says, according to The Post.Investigators interviewed 20 current and former Housing department officials along with two two Puerto Rico housing officials, but several senior political appointees at HUD "withheld answers to questions, and White House budget office officials involved in delaying...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether it is unconstitutional to exclude people living in Puerto Rico from Supplemental Social Security Income. The justices said they would hear an appeal, first filed by the Trump administration, of a lower-court ruling that held that residents of the U.S. territory should have the same access to SSI benefits as older, disabled and blind Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The administration argues that a pair of 40-year-old Supreme Court decisions already upheld the federal law that created SSI and excluded Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories from it. Congress later added in the Mariana Islands. In recent months, a federal judge ruled that Puerto Rico residents should have access to other federal welfare benefits from which they have been excluded as well. A federal judge in Guam said residents of that Pacific island also should be able to collect SSI. A separate program, Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled, covers residents of the territories, but it has more stringent eligibility requirements and pays...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether it is unconstitutional to exclude people living in Puerto Rico from Supplemental Social Security Income. The justices said they would hear an appeal, first filed by the Trump administration, of a lower-court ruling that held that residents of the U.S. territory should have the same access to SSI benefits as older, disabled and blind Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The administration argues that a pair of 40-year-old Supreme Court decisions already upheld the federal law that created SSI and excluded Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories from it. Congress later added in the Mariana Islands. In recent months, a federal judge ruled that Puerto Rico residents should have access to other federal welfare benefits from which they have been excluded as well. A federal judge in Guam said residents of that Pacific island also should be able to collect SSI. A separate program, Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled, covers residents of the territories, but it has more stringent eligibility requirements and pays...
    Puerto Rico is scheduled to receive more than $6 billion in federal funds for hurricane preparedness and other disasters.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, the administration is releasing $1.3 billion in aid allocated by Congress to help the U.S island territory protect itself against future climate disasters.   Psaki said the Biden administration, in partnership with the Puerto Rico Department of Housing, is also working to remove onerous restrictions put in place by the last administration on nearly $5 billion in additional funds.  Governor Pedro Pierluisi said funds assigned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go toward improvements, including infrastructure projects and economic development.  According to the Associated Press, Pierluisi, who praised the speedy help from the Biden administration said some $3.2 billion is now available to Puerto Rico to continue rebuilding from hurricanes Irma and Maria.  So far, Puerto Rico has only received $18 billion of the $43 billion Congress committed to the island over concerns how the money would be used. 
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Rico is slated to receive more than $6 billion in federal funds to help prepare the U.S. territory for future hurricanes and other disasters, officials said Tuesday.The money assigned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would be used for infrastructure projects and economic development, among other things, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said.In addition, Puerto Rico now has access to $3.2 billion to continue rebuilding from hurricanes Irma and Maria, said Pierluisi, who praised the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden for acting quickly.Congress had assigned $67 billion to help with reconstruction efforts after the hurricanes devastated the island in September 2017, but of the $43 billion obligated, Puerto Rico has only received $18 billion amid concerns over how the money would be spent.Pres. Biden has signed 42 executive actions since his inaugurationEMBED More News Videos President Joe Biden is pledging to reopen most K-12 schools within 100 days -- an ambitious goal as Covid cases surge and teachers across the country fight some plans to reopen.
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In this episode of Tiempo, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico three years ago, and the island is still suffering the devastating effects left by the storm.The Trump Administration recently announced it would release nearly $13 billion in Federal Disaster funding to repair the island's electrical and education infrastructure.The announcement comes about one month before the 2020 Presidential Election.It is one thing to make the announcement, but when will Puerto Rico see the funds delivered?John Jay College Professor John Guiterrez and Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, Edwin Meléndez, speak about the fund and what happens next.Also, there are only a few days left to get counted on the 2020 census.There is a last-minute push to get Latinos to fill out the form on the East End of Long Island.The number of families that have filled out the form is way too low, so community advocates have now kicked off the 2020 Census Caravans in a whole-hearted attempt to get people to fill out the form.We spoke to Martha Maffei from...
    WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/CNN) — The Trump administration on Friday announced $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted Friday morning that Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor told her that $13 billion has been approved. She thanked the White House and President Donald Trump. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany touted the $13 billion FEMA award as two of the agency’s “largest grants ever” in a statement. It will include an $11.6 billion federal share of funding for the projects. In the three years since the storm made landfall, the rebuilding process has been slow and costly. In November 2018, White House officials told congressional leaders and appropriators that the President did not want any additional relief funding sent to the island. The government’s $13 billion investment will directly address electrical and educational systems, McEnany’s statement said. “Federal funding of $9.6 billion will allow the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority to repair and replace thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines,...
    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration announced Friday that it would release nearly $13 billion in aid to Puerto Rico to help the island rebuild its electrical grid and repair schools from the devastation of Hurricane Maria three years earlier amid criticism that the assistance was overdue and being released now only for political purposes.The grant comes as President Donald Trump, who has balked at providing assistance to the island territory, and former Vice President Joe Biden court voters in Florida, home to a large population of people from Puerto Rico - including many who fled Hurricane Maria. Florida is a critical swing state in the Nov. 3 election.Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez thanked Trump and the government for the grant, among the largest ever awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster relief. "Working as a team yields results," she said in one of a series of tweets about the funds.Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, a New York Democrat, said the timing was notable, three years after the storm knocked out the territory's problem-plagued electrical grid and caused the longest...
    The Trump administration is sending an additional $13 billion in aid to Puerto Rico to assist the still ongoing recovery efforts Friday after the U.S. territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the aid is the largest disaster relief grant from FEMA in history, aside from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Trump was criticized by Puerto Rico leaders for his response to the hurricane at the time, but the current governor Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted thanks to the president Friday. (RELATED: Is Puerto Rico’s Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Even HIGHER Than We Thought?) “Federal funding of $9.6 billion will allow the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority to repair and replace thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines, electrical substations, power generation systems, office buildings and make other grid improvements. The $2 billion grant for the Puerto Rico Department of Education will focus on restoring school buildings and educational facilities across the island,” McEnany said. TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump throws a paper towel roll as he visits the Cavalry Chapel...
    The Trump administration on Friday announced an additional $13 billion in assistance to help Puerto Rico rebuild its infrastructure in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award grants designed to bolster Puerto Rico's electrical grid and spur recovery of its education system. Roughly $9.6 billion in funding will be directed toward the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority to repair electrical substations, power generation systems and transmission lines. Another $2 billion will be used to restore school buildings and educational facilities. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced thanked Trump and the White House in a tweet confirming the funding, which she hailed as the "largest approval in FEMA history." The White House touted the funding as evidence of the administration's commitment to the island. "Today’s grant announcements represent some of the largest awards in FEMA’s history for any single disaster recovery event and demonstrate the Federal Government’s continuing commitment to help rebuild the territory and support the citizens of Puerto Rico and their recovery goals," press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration on Friday is expected to announce $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Maria.Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted Friday morning that Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor told her that $13 billion has been approved. She thanked the White House and President Donald Trump. An administration official confirmed the announcement. In the three years since the storm made landfall, the rebuilding process has been slow and costly. In November 2018, White House officials told congressional leaders and appropriators that the President did not want any additional relief funding sent to the island. The government's $13 billion investment will directly address electrical and educational systems, Garced said. Trump's handling of the 2017 storm, which devastated the island and killed nearly 3,000 people in its aftermath, has been widely criticized by locals and experts. Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration, and has instead sought praise for his handling of Hurricane Maria, at one point calling it "an incredible, unsung success."Read MoreThe...
    The White House is expected to announce billions of dollars of aid will be given to Puerto Rico. The aid, $11.6 billion in total, which will be announced on Friday, comes exactly three years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, according to multiple reports. The money will go to rebuilding the U.S. territory's power grid. "Long before the hurricanes, Puerto Rico had a crumbling and dirty energy grid. After the storms utterly destroyed the grid, it created an opportunity to rebuild a cleaner, cheaper, and more resilient energy system but the Trump administration dithered and delayed and refused to deliver timely disaster aid for the people of Puerto Rico," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. "I will work with the Puerto Rican community to see that these long overdue and desperately needed funds are put to use in a wise way building the cleaner and more resilient energy grid the island deserves," he added. Nearly 3,000 people died because of the hurricane and its lasting effects on the island. Mass protests in Puerto Rico in the...
    The White House is expected to announce an aid package for Puerto Rico totaling $11.6 billion, Fox News reports. Sources told Fox News that the financial boost will assist Puerto Rico’s energy and education systems as the territory continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that hit back in 2017. The storm destroyed the territory’s energy system. The aid package comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s disaster declaration for the island. Last week he made the declaration, which is geared toward helping people who were impacted by Hurricane Isaias over the summer. Under the declaration, there is funding available to help people and business affected by the hurricane recover. According to Fox News, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a statement Friday morning, saying the funds were “overdue.” He blasted the Trump administration’s response following the natural disasters. “Long before the hurricanes, Puerto Rico had a crumbling and dirty energy grid. After the storms utterly destroyed the grid, it created an opportunity to rebuild a cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy system, but the Trump administration dithered...
    The White House on Friday will announce a $11.6 billion aid package for Puerto Rico, three years after the territory was hit by Hurricane Maria, sources tell Fox News. The aid package will be to assist Puerto Rico’s energy and education systems as the island continues to deal with the aftermath of the devastation brought by the 2017 hurricane. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement Friday morning, said the funds were “overdue” and criticized the response by the Trump administration. “Long before the hurricanes, Puerto Rico had a crumbling and dirty energy grid. After the storms utterly destroyed the grid, it created an opportunity to rebuild a cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy system, but the Trump administration dithered and delayed and refused to deliver timely disaster aid for the people of Puerto Rico,” he said. “I will work with the Puerto Rican community to see that these long overdue and desperately needed funds are put to use in a wise way building the cleaner and more resilient energy grid the island deserves.” This is a breaking news alert, check...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many. However, the judge also granted a two-month administrative stay of the injunction at the federal government’s request, which means the decision for now will apply only to the nine plaintiffs in the case. Legal experts warned that they expect the U.S. government to appeal the ruling, and if unsuccessful, to take it as far as the U.S. Supreme Court given the millions of dollars at stake. “It’s a precedent, it’s a significant change, without a doubt. Whether it will be historic depends on its prevalence,” Edgardo Román, president of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico, told The Associated Press. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment on the decision. In a 70-page ruling, Judge William G. Young called it a discriminatory policy to deny Puerto Ricans Supplemental Security Income, which provides extra income for the elderly, blind, or disabled; Supplemental Nutrition...
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