NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest ranking Latino in the U.S. Congress, held a press conference today at Newark International Airport with local Puerto Rican community leaders to announce he is traveling to Puerto Rico to survey the devastation, gauge the federal response, and meet with local officials and residents on the ground to assess how Congress can help provide necessary resources.
Flanked by State Senator Teresa Ruiz, Newark City Councilman Luis Quintana, Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos, the Senator announced he would be taking a commercial humanitarian flight 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.
Menendez has played a leading role in Congress to ensure the federal government provides the necessary help to the U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. He has received briefings from FEMA and the Governor of Puerto Rico in the past few days, and has called on Republican leadership to allow Congress to do its part to help the 3.5 million American citizens on the islands recover and rebuild. Since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, leaving wrought historic devastation, Senator Menendez: