WASHINGTON – Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Worcester) announced today that he will travel to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and 13 other Congressional Democrats as part of a delegation focusing on hurricane recovery efforts. The delegation will arrive in Puerto Rico this afternoon, and will return on Saturday.
“Democrats pledged we would not forget about our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands as they recover and rebuild,” said Congressman McGovern. “We want to make sure that the failures of this administration during the weeks and months after Hurricane Maria are never repeated again – and we will continue to bring attention to those who are still in need of assistance nearly a year later.”
“Nearly one year after the hurricanes hit, the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still struggling to heal, rebuild and recover from these horrific disasters,” said Leader Pelosi. “The suffering endured by our fellow Americans on the islands in the months following the hurricanes has been a challenge to the conscience of our nation. We must do better to prevent the loss of life, expedite the recovery, and prepare for the next storm.”
“Democrats are traveling to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to listen, to learn and to shine a light on this crisis,” continued Leader Pelosi. “Our delegation will visit with working families, local officials and leaders, faith groups and community groups to discuss the steps that remain to be taken to put our fellow Americans back on the road to recovery. We are committed to ensuring that every community devastated by the hurricanes will receive the assistance they need, particularly as we face fresh threats from this year’s hurricane season.”