Esty Calls for Action on Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on the island:
“There are millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who need help rebuilding their lives and communities. The magnitude of the devastation is astounding, and requires immediate attention. We have a moral duty and obligation to assist fellow American citizens in the wake of a humanitarian crisis. We should not stand idly by while our fellow Americans go without basic necessities, like food, shelter, and clean water. It is inhumane and we must do better.
“There are vibrant Puerto Rican communities across Connecticut, with many families still having direct ties back to the island. We have watched our friends, families, and loved ones lose their homes, their businesses, their schools, and everything they own. Across our district here in Connecticut, folks have shared with me their frustrations at being left helpless and unable to reach their loved ones, much less help them. And Congress’s lagging response in addressing the seriousness of the situation, and providing the necessary aid vital to their recovery, has only added to their heartbreak.
“Now is the time to set politics aside. Congress and President Trump ought to come together to support those affected, and be willing to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters in need in both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.”