Florida Sen. Scott files amendment for $600 million in additional funding for Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN –Florida Sen. Rick Scott advocated for Puerto Rico Thursday when filing an amendment to the Senate bill to finance the federal government that would allocate an additional $600 million to the island’s Nutritional Assistance Program.
“In Florida, we took aggressive action to support Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community since before Hurricane Maria even made landfall, but our work isn’t done. Puerto Rico’s success is America’s success and Puerto Rico’s recovery is America’s recovery,” Scott said in a statement. “Puerto Rico does not have a voice in the United States Senate. I intend to be that voice.”
Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón’s request for the additional funds was included in the lower chamber’s supplementary allocation bill.
“I am thrilled to have a partner in the U.S. Senate who makes Puerto Rico a priority,” González Colón said in a release. “As governor, Sen. Scott was there when Puerto Rico needed it most–and he has already proven that he will be a voice for Puerto Rico in the Senate.
“This funding is so important to help Puerto Rico continue to recover after Hurricane Maria, and I thank Sen. Scott for taking quick action to make this happen.
On Wednesday, the commissioner sent another letter to the leadership of the Senate and the Appropriations Committee to include the $600 million and for the island to receive 100 percent federal cost share for debris removal in Puerto Rico.”