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October 06, 2017

Ranking Member Thompson Joins CODEL to Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) – Tomorrow, Saturday October 7th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will join a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage and the government response.

“It is clear that the real story of what is happening in Puerto Rico is not coming through.  Our fellow citizens are in a humanitarian crisis and need our help.  Most of the island is without adequate access to food, water, and power and we have seen little substantive progress. Since the federal government seems more concerned with assuring everyone they are doing a fantastic job – without much evidence – it is critical that we try to see what is really happening on the ground with our own eyes.  I particularly hope to learn about where and why the federal response is lacking, if smaller islands like Vieques are being adequately helped, and how the Red Cross is assisting.”

“I witnessed the horrors of Hurricane Katrina firsthand and I now fear we are seeing the same obvious lack of direction and attention.  Congress will soon be funding what is necessary for the continuing response and recovery and it is essential we have all the information possible.”

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