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Sen. Warren to hold ‘Community Conversation’ on recovery while in Puerto Rico

By on January 21, 2019

SAN JUAN – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be heading to San Juan Tuesday for the first event in Puerto Rico for her 2020 exploratory committee.

The lawmaker, who is determining whether to run for president, will be holding an event, titled “Community Conversation about Puerto Rico and its Recovery with Elizabeth Warren,” according to an email sent by her campaign to supporters.

“Elizabeth hasn’t forgotten the people of Puerto Rico, and she’s been fighting to help Puerto Rico’s economy long before the hurricanes hit the island. That’s why she’s bringing this exploratory committee to San Juan: to have a real conversation about how to level the playing field for working families, and who is best to lead that fight,” the message reads.

The event at the Alejandro Tapia y Rivera Theater on Calle Fortaleza begins at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. However, “admission is first come, first served, but signing up does not guarantee entry.”

The senator has made reports of President Trump’s comments about potentially declaring a national emergency to fund a border wall he promised during his campaign a point of contention.

Reports about where the emergency funding would be pulled from pointed to White House requests of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

On Jan. 6, USACE was directed to “look at possible ways of funding border security,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News, which also reported that the Corps was asked to “examine the February 2018 emergency supplemental, which included disaster relief for California, Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico, among other states, to see what unspent funds could be diverted to a border wall, according to a congressional aide familiar with the matter.”

Warren delivered a speech on the Senate floor this week in which she discussed how the ongoing government shutdown has affected workers and families in Massachusetts. In her remarks, which were delivered on the 26th day of the longest shutdown in U.S. history, Warren called on Trump and Republicans to re-open the government so hundreds of thousands of federal workers can get paid.

“…This shutdown is a manufactured crisis that the President is using to fan the flames of racism and bigotry – all so he can distract the American people from demanding a government that works for them,” she said.

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