After months of denouncing the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican officials declared a rare victory when U.S. Senate leaders folded disaster relief funding into a two-year budget deal to avert a government shutdown.
Puerto Rico, along with the United States Virgin Islands, is scheduled to receive $4.8 billion to replenish dwindling Medicaid funds, $2 billion to restore the shredded power grid and $9 billion for housing and urban development projects.
But the funding falls tens of billions of dollars short of what Puerto Rico says it needs to come back from the devastating storm. In November, Puerto Rico estimated it would need $94.4 billion to rebuild the island and make its infrastructure more resilient to future natural disasters. Continue Reading