Trump Increases Disaster Assistance For Puerto Rico

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday made additional disaster assistance available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken in the Commonwealth as a result of Hurricane Maria beginning on September 17, 2017, and continuing.

According to the White House, President Trump increased cost sharing to 100 percent Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for 180 days from the date of the declaration.

Puerto Rico sustained considerable damage after Hurricane Maria lashed most of the island earlier this month. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has said the island faces a humanitarian crisis.

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