(February 7, 2020 – Washington, D.C.) — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2020 H.R. 5687 that would allocate critical disaster relief dollars for Puerto Rico. This federal funding comes in the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s series of ongoing earthquakes that have continued to affect the island since December 28, 2019. This bill would provide over $4.7 billion for educational needs, transportation, infrastructure repairs, and disaster relief measures. It also includes critically important provisions that would allow Puerto Rico to comingle funds provided in this legislation with previous emergency supplemental in dollars.
Additionally, the supplemental includes an increase for Puerto Rico’s Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) that provides the necessary funding to ensure that families on the island have access to much needed nutritional assistance.
“We thank Members of Congress for their swift action to ensure that thousands of U.S. citizens residing on the island can have access to much-needed resources so that they can continue to make a full recovery,” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. “We are pleased that Congress granted our request to provide Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable population access to nutritional assistance and we urge the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 5687 so that the people of Puerto Rico can continue to move forward with the island’s recovery.”