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McCollum Visits Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands on Congressional Delegation Visit

July 26, 2018
Press Release

Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, is participating in a two day Congressional factfinding mission led by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands focusing on post-hurricane Maria federal recovery efforts.

“Almost one year after hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the people residing in these U.S. territories are still trying to rebuild,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Significant work remains to be done in repairing the billions of dollars in damage caused by natural disasters. The fact is that our fellow American citizens continue to suffer.”

“As the lead Democrat of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I am committed to ensuring these agencies have the funding they require and are held accountable for meeting the urgent needs of the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Congresswoman McCollum said.

The House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Forest Service, all of which are responsible for conducting major recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Congresswoman McCollum, along with 13 other House Democrats, will meet with families, local officials and leaders, faith groups, faith groups, and community groups to discuss effective recovery efforts and what steps must be taken to ensure that every community receives the resources it needs to rebuild.