Supporting Our Fellow Citizens In Puerto Rico

For many Americans, the perils of harsh weather are familiar parts of daily life. Oklahomans, for example, are all too familiar with natural disasters. For millions of Americans though, September was a brutal month of harsh hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria displaced millions of Americans from their homes and destroyed immense swaths of infrastructure. The images of the destruction brought to light the reality of how strong these storms were. Although Harvey and Maria imparted lasting damage on Texas and Florida, the power of Maria has completely devastated the island and U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. We have an obligation and responsibility to assist our fellow citizens who are in dire need of help.

It is clear that Puerto Rico is in a precarious situation. The damage is of epic proportions and is far worse than what we witnessed in Texas and Florida. The tornado-strength winds and heavy flooding were a recipe for historic disaster. Roads flooded rapidly and debris flew everywhere – so much so that it completely annihilated the electricity for the entire island. Sadly, in addition to damaged infrastructure and housing, 34 lives have been lost. These are our fellow citizens. Their families are deserving of the full support of the federal government. Fortunately, support has been coming rapidly and abundantly.

 

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