The death toll in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria has reached 43, an official said on Tuesday, up from 39 previously reported, as islanders continue to fall victim to infections, bad road conditions and other consequences of the storm.
The president's tweets set off a flurry of chatter online, given that the U.S. territory is barely entering its third week with the majority of the population still without power and one-third without water.
The bill combines $18.7 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief with $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program pay an influx of Harvey-related claims.
If you look at the paid numbers, a lot of the revelations don't find that Russians had tremendous paid budgets on separate platforms/products, but collectively it's starting to add up. The agency also warned that no one should drink water from rivers or streams unless it can be boiled for longer than one minute. He quoted journalist Sharyl Attkisson, tweeting "Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making".
According to the White House transcript, Pence addressed the people of Puerto Rico when he said, "We are with you, we stand with you, and we will be with you every single day until Puerto Rico is restored bigger and better than ever before".
Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the island's capital San Juan who has publicly feuded with Trump in recent weeks, pushed back hard at the president's apparent threat to withdraw federal aid, charging that he was incapable of "fulfilling the moral imperative to help" Puerto Ricans.
"It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government's help", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat.
The nation could "rally" to focus on Puerto Rico's long-neglected economic problems.
The president adds: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"
Velazquez called Thursday's bill a "down payment in helping the response" in Puerto Rico and other areas affected by hurricanes and wildfires. Olsen said several members of the Texas delegation won assurances from Ryan that more money is on its way. Right now, the scale is not there on the paid side, but there's probably more to come.
FEMA continues relief efforts for even smaller, lower-profile recovery efforts, dropping millions of dollars this year on floods in Iowa from 2008, Tennessee from 2010, North Dakota from 2011 and Colorado from 2013. As Tom Gjelten reported Wednesday night, the island has 78 mayors - and, he added, "They're said to be accustomed to doing their business without interference from above".
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