msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 04:30 am

FEMA to offer $10B to rebuild Puerto Rico electric grid

The money will be released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nydia Velázquez, both Democrats. In a statement, Schumer said it hasn’t helped that the Trump administration “dithered and delayed and refused to deliver timely disaster aid for the people of Puerto Rico.”

19, 2017 file photo, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority workers repair distribution lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in the Cantera community of San Juan, Puerto Rico.A report published Wednesday, June 10, 2020, by a nonprofit research company is accusing Puerto Rico’s government of giving unfair advantage to a company that obtained a $1.(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File) p Federal officials will promise $10 billion to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid Friday three years after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria, two New York-area members of Congress say.In a statement, Schumer said it hasn’t helped that the Trump administration “dithered and delayed and refused to deliver timely disaster aid for the people of Puerto Rico.

“While I certainly hope to see this money put to good use making Puerto Rico’s electrical system more resilient, these delays are unacceptable, and it is insulting to Puerto Ricans everywhere that the administration is so blatantly playing politics with this aid,” said Velázquez, whose district covers parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.Puerto Rico’s publicly-owned electric grid was long wracked by corruption and inefficiency — and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in September 2017 made matters worse.

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