HARTFORD - U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut joined 32 Senate Democrats in expressing strong support of Puerto Rico’s request for a major disaster declaration for the widespread damage caused by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake of Jan. 7 and the hundreds of preceding and subsequent tremors which struck the island starting late on Dec 28.
“These earthquakes make even more unconscionable the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inaction in disbursing the $8.3 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery funding appropriated by the United States Congress for mitigation projects in Puerto Rico,” the senators wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump,.
“There is no substantive reason to withhold this congressionally-mandated disaster aid for our fellow Americans on the island, and indeed failure to disburse these funds has a damaging material impact on Puerto Rico and its residents. The bottom line is that this money must be made available to Puerto Rico now and failure to do so is in violation of Congress’ explicit intent,” the senators added.