Menendez Updates Local Leaders Following Trip to Survey Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico

Menendez Updates Local Leaders Following Trip to Survey Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico

 
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest-ranking Latino in the U.S. Congress, held a conference call with more than 50 local Puerto Rican community leaders in New Jersey to detail his findings from a weekend fact-finding mission to Puerto Rico, hear their concerns and respond to some of their questions.  The community leaders thanked the senator for his long history of advocating for Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the United States, and Sen. Menendez shared how Congress can help provide necessary resources.

 

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The Senator took a commercial humanitarian flight Friday out of Miami, Fla., to San Juan after the Trump Administration obstructed his previously organized Congressional Delegation (CODEL) with over a dozen Members of Congress.

New Jersey elected officials and community leaders on the call—including Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita Valenti, West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Lydia Valencia, the LUPE Fund’s Peggy Anastos, and the Hispanic Bar Association’s Arlene Perez, thanked Senator Menendez and asked him questions for more than 40 minutes.

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Sen. Menendez has played a leading role in Congress fighting to ensure that the federal government provides the necessary resources and assistance to the more than 3.5 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.  He has been briefed on the situation on the ground by FEMA and the Governor of Puerto Rico, and has called on Republican leaders to in Congress to act to help the island recover and rebuild.

Since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, leaving behind historic devastation, Sen. Menendez: 

 

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