U.S. House committee may soon hold hearing on Puerto Rico recovery
SAN JUAN – U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop reportedly “hopes” to hold a hearing in July on Puerto Rico’s recovery from last year’s hurricane season.
Responding to a request for comment from CNN, Bishop’s office responded that he has “committed to holding a hearing this July on energy solutions and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico post Hurricanes Maria and Irma.”
Bishop called the power grid and Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis “interrelated,” according to a Politico Pro article posted on the committee’s website, which adds that a hearing on Puerto Rico’s debt had already been planned for July, and that “he hopes to hold the energy-focused hearing before July 4.”
Hurricane Maria’s death toll on the island, which is widely thought to be much higher than the government’s official number, could also be addressed.
“If you have a problem with the quality of life in any way, and if any deaths were caused by the lack of energy, then rebuilding and redoing the energy [grid] has to be the prime consideration. What I want to do is look at how we can improve the situation down there and not just go off in tangents,” Bishop told Politico Pro.