McCollum Visits Puerto Rico to Conduct Oversight of Federal Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, is traveling to Puerto Rico this week to conduct oversight of recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
More than six months after the storm, power has still not been restored to more than 100,000 Americans and dozens of schools and health centers. Permanent work projects to rebuild the U.S. territory’s infrastructure have yet to begin, and the significant damage to public lands is still being assessed and repaired.
“As Ranking Member, I am working to ensure that federal agencies have the resources they need to help our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. With significant disaster relief funding now appropriated, it’s important to ensure that our federal dollars are being used effectively and efficiently to help Puerto Rico recover,” Congresswoman McCollum said.
The House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee is responsible for funding the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Forest Service, all of which are conducting major recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the hurricane.
Congresswoman McCollum is expected to visit El Yunque National Forest, San Juan National Historic Park, and Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, all sites where reconstruction is underway. She will also tour areas where the Environmental Protection Agency is working to prevent and remediate environmental concerns.