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FEMA actually can stay in Puerto Rico indefinitely

FEMA actually can stay in Puerto Rico indefinitely

The House is on track to backing President Donald Trump's request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat.

Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population, and its governor this week appealed to Trump for billions in additional federal aid. A cargo plane chartered by MLB was set to take off Thursday morning, NY1 reports. The EPA advised people to boil water from rivers and streams for one minute, or disinfect it with bleach.

Of the four newly reported deaths, one was a person who was operated on for an infection but died, another was killed in a car accident caused by road damage and a third died when a damaged roof fell on him while he was clearing debris from a road, Rosario said. But he continued to urge Congress to repeal the law, something Republicans haven't been able to do despite holding majorities in both the House and Senate.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the island's capital San Juan who has publicly feuded with Trump in recent weeks, pushed back hard at the president's apparent threat to withdraw federal aid, charging that he was incapable of "fulfilling the moral imperative to help" Puerto Ricans.

Ryan, the House speaker, planned to visit Puerto Rico on Friday.

The Post editorial chides President Trump for his tweets earlier Thursday, when he said: "We cannot keep [the Federal Emergency Management Agency], the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

The Wisconsin Republican says Washington also needs to help the U.S. territory rebuild its economy.

FEMA says there are currently some 19,000 federal civilian personnel and military service members - including more than 1,400 FEMA personnel - working in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The EPA says it is assessing "Superfund sites, oil sites, and chemical facilities" inundated by the storm.

FEMA continues relief efforts for even smaller, lower-profile recovery efforts, dropping millions of dollars this year on floods in Iowa from 2008, Tennessee from 2010, North Dakota from 2011 and Colorado from 2013.

Ryan said he didn't know about Trump's tweets.

Democratic Representative Nydia Velazquez of New York, which has a large Puerto Rican community, said on the House floor that the island is facing a "humanitarian crisis".

Thursday's hurricane aid package totals $36.5 billion and follows a $15.3 billion measure that passed last month.

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