Schumer Statement On The Two-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

September 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria was one of the worst natural disasters in the island’s history, killing almost 3,000 people:

“It is shameful that two years after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, Puerto Rico is still unable to access more than $18.4 billion in federally appropriated resources because of the Trump administration’s stonewalling. And the news that President Trump is raiding $400 million in Hurricane Maria recovery projects just so he can fund the construction of his ineffective, expensive border wall – a project that he insisted Mexico would pay for – is another gut punch to our fellow American citizens still struggling to rebuild their lives. It was clear then, and it’s clear now that President Trump and his administration are purposefully and unacceptably singling out Puerto Rico. Democrats will continue to fight tooth and nail for the people of Puerto Rico.”