Florida lawmakers blast FEMA move to cut off supplies to Puerto Rico

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An official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told CNN they will not be providing additional aid to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said FEMA's purported decision is another example of how the USA continues to neglect the people of Puerto Rico and ignore responsibilities to help them. The government of Puerto Rico said it didn't even get an advance warning about the decision. "I urge the administration to reverse this disastrous decision immediately and to continue providing the people of Puerto Rico with the help that they need as they are trying to recover from two disastrous hurricanes". "I would say it's a 10", he bragged at the time.

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The remaining FEMA supplies will be turned over to the Puerto Rican government to finish distributing, NPR said. Millions of American citizens continue to endure a lack of food, water and electricity and despite this just yesterday FEMA announced it was ending food and water aid. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio and a bipartisan group of Florida House members as well as representatives from other states. "Puerto Rico is a USA territory and its residents are US citizens".

A slew of Puerto Ricans have remarked on President Donald Trump's upcoming State of the Union address, in which they hope the president will address the state of their ravaged land following a brutal hurricane. According to National Public Radio, FEMA, "in its own words, "officially shut off" the mission it says has provided more than 30 million gallons of potable water and almost 60 million meals across the island".

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"The commercial supply chain for food and water is re-established and private suppliers are sufficiently available that FEMA-provided commodities are no longer needed for emergency operations", the agency said in a statement. The Corps awarded him a Recovery Field Office-Puerto Rico certificate of appreciation. "He already has things mapped out and Puerto Rico certainly doesn't have any consideration in that plan", a resident told BuzzFeed News. "So we need to create a balance".

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane in September of 2017. "As progress continues from response to recovery across the island, we will continue to support the needs of survivors supporting the government of Puerto Rico", the statement continued.

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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., who also attended the summit, described the situation as "outrageous". As Soto pointed out, "American lives are at stake!"

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