Fitzpatrick to Return to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving

Congressman will meet with FEMA personnel, local residents

November 20, 2018

Langhorne, PA—Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) will travel to Puerto Rico this week to inspect humanitarian and reconstruction efforts one year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria prompted one of the largest federal responses to a domestic disaster in the history of the United States.

“After Hurricane Maria effectively destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical, water, telecommunication, and transportation infrastructure, many families in our community are rightly concerned about the restoration of vital services in Puerto Rico,” said Fitzpatrick. “As American citizens, the people of Puerto Rico deserve the full backing of the federal government and its representatives. I look forward to returning to the island to meet with residents, first responders, and government officials to inspect and assist with ongoing recovery efforts.”

Fitzpatrick, a member of the Homeland Security Committee which has Congressional oversight over the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will meet with FEMA officials to discuss ongoing reconstruction efforts. Fitzpatrick will spend Thanksgiving with Puerto Rican residents and The Salvation Army personnel. The Salvation Army continues to serve people in need by providing utility and rental assistance, appliances, furniture, household goods, and solar generators, as part of the Houses to Homes (H2H) program. They are also establishing Salvation Army Recovery Centers in rural parts of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to serve individuals and families in these hard to reach areas.

Rep. Fitzpatrick spent Thanksgiving last year in Puerto Rico where he inspected hurricane recovery efforts and met directly with Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (PR-AL) and local residents. Last month, Rep. Fitzpatrick hosted Congresswoman González-Colón for a roundtable discussion in Bristol Borough, PA with the Puerto Rican Cultural Association of Bucks County to discuss the progress being made in Puerto Rico. Last week, Fitzpatrick, González-Colón and Congressman Peter King (NY-02) called on Congress to address the health care crisis in Puerto Rico.  All three emphasized the critical role the federal government must play in incentivizing skilled medical professionals to remain on the island.