Kaptur urges attention and action to address humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) spoke at a press conference with colleagues today to urge action and attention from the Trump Administration regarding the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Kaptur stood with House Members who represent substantial Puerto Rican constituencies and to update what they are hearing from the Puerto Rican community. In particular, the short-term prognosis for electrical power, water, food, hospitals, and schools is not good, and Representatives are hearing a growing cry for help in getting vulnerable loved ones off of the island.
“Lorain has the most densely populated Puerto Rican community in the entire state of Ohio. Families in my District are concerned about their loved ones and I share their concern,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09). “As Puerto Rico begins to recover from devastation, it faces a dangerous crisis; there is no electricity, no water, and donated goods cannot reach the people as many roads are impassable. People are in limbo. Kids can't go to school, doctors can't reach the sick. Addressing this humanitarian crisis is priority number one, and we need to get our fellow Americans the help and relief they need.”
Kaptur with Reps. Gutiérrez, DeLauro, Crowley, Espaillat, and McGovern at a press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol today (more photos here)
On September 27, Kaptur wrote a letter with 145 of her colleagues urging specific steps and further action from the Trump Administration to ensure that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands receive the assistance and help needed to deal with the ongoing crisis after Hurricane Maria. In the letter, Kaptur and fellow lawmakers call for the appointment of a senior general to oversee all recovery efforts, the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and to increase personnel to assist local law enforcement.