Emergency Supplemental for Puerto Rico Earthquakes Passes House

February 12, 2020
Press Release

 Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) released the following statement after the House passed a $4.89 billion emergency supplemental for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:


“In recent weeks, thousands of families in Puerto Rico were forced from their homes, schools were flattened and roads and infrastructure were severely damaged as earthquakes rocked an island still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Maria and Irma,” said Rep. Soto. “Today, Democrats and Republicans came together to deliver on our promise to help our fellow Americans get on a road to long-term recovery. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take immediate action to help the island recover and rebuild.” 


The bill funds a broad range of disaster recovery activities, including educational needs, repairs to transportation infrastructure, community development, energy needs, and nutrition assistance.


In addition to the appropriations provisions, the supplemental includes the Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, tax provisions related to Puerto Rico relief and recovery that are in the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Ways and Means.


The text of the emergency supplemental, H.R. 5687, is here. A summary of H.R. 5687, after floor amendments, is here.