(RepublicanReport.com) – Puerto Rico has been struggling with the fallout of a major storm for several months now. High winds and floods caused significant damage to property and public infrastructure.
The Relief Effort
On Thursday, November 5, Donald Trump addressed this situation by officially declaring a disaster in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Now, federal agencies will assist in the rebuilding efforts. Federal funding will be available for those affected by the storm, with loans and grants for businesses and individuals whose properties suffered damage.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which forms part of the Department of Homeland Security, has named a Federal Coordinating Officer to oversee the relief program.
Puerto Rico’s Bid for Statehood
Puerto Rico is in the news for another reason this week, having voted in favor of a motion to become the 51st US state. Citizens also supported such a move in 2012 and 2017. For this aspiration to become a reality, Congress would need to approve their application. Puerto Rico is currently an unincorporated territory of the United States, a somewhat vague classification that lies between sovereignty and statehood.
oh hey, puerto rico voted for statehood https://t.co/hCR4YRxjCp
— Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) November 5, 2020
If Puerto Rico were to become a state, it would have access to funding like this more readily. Situated in the Caribbean, it is very exposed during hurricane season. Having the full financial backing of the United States would help Puerto Rico recover from natural disasters much more quickly in the future.
With everything else going on in the world at the moment, it’s easy to overlook things like this. Donald Trump’s dedication to his job is most evident when he’s taking steps like this one, especially during an election. Whatever the outcome of the vote, we’re lucky to have him as an American.
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