Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey and Colleagues Call for Deployment of Additional DOD Assets to Puerto Rico

September 27, 2017
Press Release
Millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are stranded without basic necessities; In letter to President Trump, 145 lawmakers express concern about “inadequate” scale of DOD support assets given severity of crisis.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today joined 144 of her House colleagues in a letter to President Trump urging him to send additional U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with hurricane recovery efforts.

“Given the impact of the damage and the population of 3.6 million American citizens affected, we are concerned that federal efforts to date have been insufficient to address the severity of the situation,” the lawmakers wrote. “We know there are DOD elements helping today, and all the service members involved are working very hard, but we are concerned that the scale of DOD assets supporting the operation are inadequate. Thus, we write to urge you to further mobilize the Department of Defense to immediately deploy additional assets in support of Puerto Rican and U.S. Virgin Island recovery efforts.”

As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey believes the federal government must aggressively and immediately step up to help Puerto Rico just as we would any other American region so severely hit by a natural disaster.

Click here for a pdf of the letter.