Adriano Espaillat: This Is the Moment to Help Puerto Rico

‘We played a role traditionally to help out countries that have been down and out’

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ESPAILLAT: "It is estimated that Puerto Rico will need $10 billion to really come back up on its feet. We have approved for Hurricane Harvey $15 billion. And that was open-ended. The language was written in a way that it would also apply to Hurricane Irma. That’s for Houston and Florida. And that we felt was not enough. It's estimated that it will be about $180 billion to rebuild Texas and Florida. So, $10 billion for Puerto Rico, we have to go back, do our work, make sure the funding is there for FEMA, make sure the funding is there for the non-U.S. territory countries that were also hurt through the State Department. And this is important, so important. We played a role traditionally to help out countries that have been down and out. This is the moment to help Puerto Rico."

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