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Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 13, 2017 03:50PM
This is the 'good guy' who didn't call Trump a lazy, racist pig. Let's see if he gets the money.

WASHINGTON (AP) — [apnews.com] Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion as the island struggles to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, with much of the U.S. territory without power and thousands still homeless.

Ricardo Rosello also urged Congress to adopt a tax overhaul plan that addresses Puerto Rico’s specific needs to avoid an exodus of the companies that currently generate 42 percent of the island’s gross domestic product.

The governor said during a news conference that he will formally make his request to the White House and Congress, along with a report with a detailed assessment of damage. The governor is seeking $46 billion to restore housing through the Community Development Block Grant program, $30 billion within the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover critical infrastructure and $17.9 billion in other federal grant programs for long-term recovery.

So far, Congress has approved nearly $5 billion in aid for Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria caused widespread damage on Sept. 20 and the worst blackout in U.S. history.

The request from Puerto Rico surpasses the $61 billion that Texas is pursuing from the federal government for infrastructure improvements.

“This is a transformative moment in the history of Puerto Rico,” Rosello wrote to President Donald Trump. “We recognize that your leadership, along with that of leaders from both parties, will be essential to our recovery, and the future economic and fiscal health of the island.”
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Re: Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 13, 2017 04:01PM
Trump's and the Republicans in Congress' response:

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 13, 2017 04:04PM
I fear Speedy is right in his anticipation of how this will be received.
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Re: Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 13, 2017 04:13PM
NO MORE FOREIGN AID !!!!

(Says every Trump supporter everywhere..)
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Re: Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion
Posted by: gabester
Date: November 13, 2017 08:00PM
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cbelt3
NO MORE FOREIGN AID !!!!

(Says every Trump supporter everywhere..)

And I'm sure that other powers of the world are salivating at this opportunity to co-opt an American territory right from under our noses. Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, but almost certainly and especially China. It would give them an excellent foothold in the western hemisphere unparalleled by previous development bank loans.
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Re: Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 14, 2017 09:15AM
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gabester
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And I'm sure that other powers of the world are salivating at this opportunity to co-opt an American territory right from under our noses. Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, but almost certainly and especially China. It would give them an excellent foothold in the western hemisphere unparalleled by previous development bank loans.

Let Spain have it back in exchange for letting Catalonia go ?
(Naah... not a good deal..)
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