A senator and five congressmen have asked the US Secretary of Housing, Ben Carson, to issue the payment order of 8,300 million dollars agreed for Puerto Rico after Hurricane “María”, especially after registering yesterday an earthquake of magnitude 6 , 4 that has again caused damage to the island.
In a letter to which Efe had access, Senator Charles Schumer and Congressmen Alexandria Ocasio, Darren Soto, Nydia Velázquez, David Price and Raúl Grijalva have transmitted to Carson that the southwestern part of the island is “severely affected” by the earthquake and several houses have been destroyed while government buildings have been affected.
“Puerto Rico continues to rebuild itself from the devastation of Hurricane ‘María’, it must now face the destruction of another natural disaster. Meanwhile, the island has not yet received the funds allocated by Congress for its recovery,” the representatives said.
The senator and the congressmen urgently asked Carson once again to publish the federal resolution detailing the administrative requirements for the distribution of the funds.
“It is not the first time that members of Congress express their concern about the management of the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the federal government,” said the representatives, who also recalled that last August almost 30 members of Congress already demanded the entry of money.
The senator and the congressmen warned that the inaction of the Administration of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, puts the lives of millions of US citizens at risk.
“Given the possible threats of more earthquakes and aftershocks, the Department of Housing must act and transfer the 8.3 billion dollars to Puerto Rico,” the representatives in the US chambers concluded.