Schumer Statement On FEMA Planning To Release Funding For Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid And Education System

September 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to an announcement that FEMA plans to release $9.6 billion for the repairment of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and $2 billion for its education system:

“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. Slow walking this aid, and so much funding overall, for so long is downright unacceptable, and while this is an important step forward for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, it does not absolve the president from his mistreatment of the Island. 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.”