Neal Asks Director Mulvaney for Update on Recovery Process in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal sent a letter Thursday to Director Mick Mulvaney of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking for an update on the status of basic services such as water, telecommunications, and electricity on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
“Now is the time to step up and support our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as they continue to rebuild,” wrote Representative Neal. “As Americans, we pride ourselves when we unite in the wake of the unthinkable. Partisan politics has no role to play when human dignity and survival are on the line. After seeing the devastation and recovery efforts first hand, I can attest to the level of support needed for these efforts. The Administration’s funding request is woefully inadequate and the political gamesmanship of Republicans in Congress has prevented us from fulfilling our obligations to date. I look to you as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to come to the table in good faith for our fellow citizens."
Representative Neal recently travelled to Puerto Rico as part of a trip with other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. He wrote about his visit to the island and the need for immediate and vigorous assistance from FEMA in a guest column that was published this week in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
A copy of the letter to Director Mulvaney can be found here.