Soto Statement on Biden Administration’s Plan to Release Relief for Puerto Rico

February 2, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) released the following statement after it was announced the Biden Administration plans to release $1.3 billion that was meant to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria and remove restrictions on another $4.9 billion: 

After Congressman Torres and I sent a letter to the Biden Administration regarding the release of federal funds to Puerto Rico, our fellow Americans are finally getting the respect and relief they deserve.

“The people of Puerto Rico have long awaited the release of these funds. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, exacerbated by a cluster of earthquakes in 2020, devastated Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and created critical deficiencies in its energy sector. Now, as their fragile healthcare system grapples with COVID-19, getting Puerto Rico the relief they deserve has never been more urgent. I'm thankful to the Biden Administration for keeping its promise and making the Island’s recovery a top priority. These funds will be critical for rebuilding infrastructure to modern standards and ensuring its future economic development. Going forward, I hope to continue to work with President Biden and go further in aiding our fellow Americans by addressing the Island's political status."