Sen. Blumenthal Calls For New ‘Marshall Plan’ In Puerto Rico

Lynda Lopez
February 24, 2020 - 6:23 pm
Senator Richard Blumenthal

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday called for a Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico after much of the island was left destroyed in Hurricane Maria and the recent string of earthquakes.

As WCBS 880’s Lynda Lopez reports, Blumenthal recently toured Guayanilla, Guánica and Ponce, among other areas, and described what he saw as “heartbreaking.”

He described seeing homes and schools destroyed, health centers that were still impaired and power plants that were still down.

Blumenthal said it was shocking to see an American territory in such disarray.

“That would never be tolerated in Connecticut or any other state,” he said.

He saw children missing school entirely or going to school in tents and says the damage being done could be irreparable:

“The blunt truth is: We are in danger of losing a generation in Puerto Rico,” Blumenthal said.

He's calling for a complete rebuilding initiative – a new generation Marshall Plan – to rebuild the island to withstanding future natural disasters.

In addition to renovations, Blumenthal also wants the caps that exist on Medicaid, Medicare and supplemental nutrition removed, noting they don't exist in other states.

Blumenthal wants to get funds that were already allocated by Congress to be released as he says the Trump administration has released only a fraction of them to the island.