Puerto Rican voter registration drive gets state help

Government officials argue aid is still needed especially in hard-to-reach mountainous parts of the island

Distribution of 46 million liters of water and four million meals and snacks that FEMA has moved to the island will not be interrupted, CNN reported.

"FEMA and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are not stopping the provision of commodities after Hurricane Maria". So the federal agency plans to "shut off" those supplies on January 31, 2018. An emergency loan for the island's government to help it distribute aid has been held up by FEMA and the U.S. Treasury Department, he said.

Yulissa Arce, Central Florida Regional Director, Organize Florida: "President Trump may have said "we are with you" to the people of Puerto Rico, but the truth is that his administration has not even done the bare minimum to help Puerto Ricans post-Hurricane Maria".

FEMA said in a statement that it will continue to help volunteer agencies and private groups that are helping rural communities still in need of basic services.

The members signing the letter included Florida's two USA senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, and the state's lone US representative with Puerto Rican roots, Orlando Democrat Darren Soto.

"I hope Mayor Cruz's presence at #SOTU will remind the president and my colleagues in Congress of our urgent responsibility to help Puerto Rico fully recover and rebuild", Gillibrand tweeted Monday. He said the agency is confident it has enough of a stockpile there already to meet the need that remains.

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"If we're giving free water and food, that means that families are not going to supermarkets to buy", De La Campa told NPR.

The turnabout came after politicians from both political parties reacted angrily to news of FEMA's plan and after the Puerto Rican government released a statement saying it had not been informed of the impending change.

The agency gave the food and water supplies to 78 mayors of the island, who directed staffs to hand them out them at distribution centers and by going door-to-door.

Mr. Booher insisted on Wednesday that FEMA was not backtracking on its food and water aid plans in response to public criticism.

He continues to act as though he's a beloved provider of aid, and believes he's acted appropriately when it comes to helping citizens on the island. "Agreements between the federal government and the local government are focused on supporting the people who remain in need after Hurricane Maria".

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