White House Announces $13 Billion in Aid to Puerto Rico

Headline Roundup September 18th, 2020

On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it would send an additional $13 billion to aid Puerto Rico’s recovery from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. $9.6 billion of the aid will come from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to fund the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority, and another $2 billion will go to Puerto Rico’s Department of Education.

Coverage in outlets on all sides covered the announcement and its potential effect on President Donald Trump’s support among Latino voters. Coverage in some center- and left-rated outlets placed greater weight on election consequences and criticisms of the Trump administration’s response. Coverage in some center- and right-rated outlets mentioned Trump’s disaster declaration for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Isaias this summer.

White House Announces $13 Billion in Aid to Puerto Rico

From the Center
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The federal government will award an $11.6 billion aid package to Puerto Rico, focused on the territory’s energy and education systems, to help the island recover from the devastation brought by 2017’s Hurricane Maria, the White House said on Friday.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will provide $9.6 billion in funding for the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority to make replacements, repairs and improvements to equipment and buildings, the White House said.

An additional $2 billion grant for Puerto Rico’s Education Department will “focus on restoring school buildings and...

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From the Left
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The Trump administration on Friday announced $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted Friday morning that Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Pete Gaynor told her that $13 billion has been approved. She thanked the White House and President Donald Trump.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany touted the $13 billion FEMA award as two of the agency's "largest grants ever" in a statement. It will include a $11.6 billion federal...

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From the Right
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The White House on Friday announced a $13 billion aid package for Puerto Rico, three years after the territory was hit by Hurricane Maria.

"Under the leadership of President Trump, FEMA will award almost $13 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid system and spur recovery of the territory’s education system—the largest obligations of funding ever awarded," the statement from the White House said, adding that it includes a federal share of $11.6 billion for the projects.

"Together, these grants exceed the total Public Assistance funding in any single...

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