Puerto Rico senator requests $100 million from Congress for grid, highway repairs
SAN JUAN – Sen. Ángel Martínez delivered a letter Tuesday to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in which he requests $100 million for the reconstruction of the electric grid and roadways in northern Puerto Rico towns.
“We sent a letter to Speaker Ryan asking requesting a $100 million allocation to assist the towns of Morovis, Ciales, Manatí, Arecibo, Hatillo, Barceloneta, Camuy, Vega Baja, Vega Alta, Florida, Quebradillas and Dorado…after the impact of Hurricane María. We need the funds to fix the electricity grid, the streets and bridges of the Arecibo District. I explained to the speaker that if we do not have that assignment, it could take these towns months to recover,” Martínez said in a release.
The senator said the letter details the work to be done with the aforementioned funds, including the hiring of people to continue repairing power lines and installing new utility poles. Some of the funds would also be used to build new bridges in Morovis and Ciales.
“The effort that thousands of public servants are making to restore basic services, such as electricity and water, is commendable and deserves to be celebrated. However, there is a reality, Puerto Rico does not have the resources to work everywhere at the same time, we need more electricity brigades, roadway personnel and to help restore the flow of potable water and telecommunications in these municipalities. That money is needed and the one that has to provide it is the federal government. We are going to knock on the doors of members of Congress and we will go to the White House if necessary, but we will not leave our people on their own,” added the Senate Health Committee chairman.