Ryan said in a statement Monday that lawmakers are working with the White House “to ensure necessary resources get to the U.S. territory,” where island-wide power outages and widespread damage have imperiled more than 3 million U.S. citizens.
“The stories and images coming out of Puerto Rico are devastating,” Ryan said. “Our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico remain in our prayers as we make sure they have what they need.”
Congress is working through aid packages for Houston, Texas, still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and the southeast that felt the impact of Hurricane Irma.
They will have to increase the National Flood Insurance Program’s borrowing authority. It currently has a $30 billion cap. That will have to be raised, in order to pay out flood insurance claims.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico struggles on.
Puerto Rico is expected to be without power for months while government officials struggle to address food and fuel shortages across the territory. The island had already been reeling from a debt crisis that froze swaths of the Puerto Rican financial system and led to severe cuts to critical state health care, social services and education.
This was a horrible time to have to deal with the destructive power of a major storm, as well.
Keep Puerto Rico in your prayers.