October 2, 2017
Bennet to Trump: We Must Do More for Puerto Rico and USVI
Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with 39 of his Senate colleagues, last week sent a letter to President Trump to express deep concern about the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The administration has yet to respond to the letter.
Ahead of the President's scheduled visit to Puerto Rico tomorrow, and amid calls for more robust aid from those on the ground, Bennet today echoed the letter's demands.
"At a time when there is not a second to lose and the health and well-being of millions of Americans in the U.S. territories depend on swift action, we have identified several areas where strong and decisive leadership is needed," the senators wrote.
The letter called on President Trump to undertake specific actions, including issuing a full Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico, appointing a Special Assistant for Rebuilding, and ensuring that all of the administration's departments and agencies are working together to restore power, communications networks, and ports across the island.
"We want the people of Puerto Rico to know that we will be with them at every step along this long road, ensuring their survival and robust recovery," the senators wrote. "It is the least we can do."
Click HERE for a copy of the letter.