(February 14, 2020 – Guánica, P.R.) – On February 14-16, 2020, Members of a Bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) from the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee joined by the Executive Director of PRFAA, Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. will meet with Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced and Puerto Rico officials. During the CODEL the members will visit several refugee camps to discuss disaster recovery. The CODEL will include visits to the municipalities of Ponce, Guayanilla, Yauco, and Guánica which are located in the south and southwest region of the island. Currently in these municipalities thousands continue to sleep under tents, in cots, as seismic activity continues to strike the region.
The CODEL is comprised of Committee Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR-4th), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9), Rep. André Carson (D-IN-7), Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI-At Large), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4), Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR-At Large), Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA-7), and Rep. Jesus “Chuy” García (D-IL-4).
The CODEL will also meet with the Puerto Rico Joint Recovery Office (JRO) and the Executive Director of COR3, Ottmar Chávez and the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Alex Amparo. Additionally, they have meetings with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, and U.S. Geological Survey to discuss disaster recovery after the 2020 earthquakes. Following the Puerto Rico visit, they will also travel to the U.S. Virgins Islands from February 16-17, 2020.
“We thank the CODEL of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee as well as Senator Durbin for visiting the refugee camps in the south and southwest region of the island after the recent seismic activity affected,” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. “PRFAA looks forward to supporting Congressional Delegations that visit Puerto Rico as well as continuing our advocacy efforts before Congress and the Administration on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico.”