Trump Lifts Hold on Disaster Money

Trump Lifts Hold on Disaster Money

(UnitedVoice.com) – The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced recently that the Trump administration is ending its hold on disaster aid funding for Puerto Rico.

After the island suffered devastating damage from Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017, Congress authorized $20 billion in aid to help with recovery, but only $1.5 billion has been disbursed.

Before giving final approval on the rest of the funds, the Trump administration wanted to make sure that the money was being handled legally and responsibly.

Now that a team has been set up to monitor the funding, things will start to move forward.

Even though he received a lot of anger from the Dems over blocking the funding, recent events show that Trump was correct to make sure precautions were put into place.

Over the weekend, the governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez Garced, fired emergency director Carlos Acevedo after a warehouse full of unused emergency supplies was discovered. The supplies, which have been there since 2017, were discovered after a video went viral on Facebook and Twitter.

Garced has since ordered Secretary of State Elmer Roman to conduct an investigation “into the mishandling of emergency aid.”

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