FEMA chief said helping Puerto Rico must be a public and private effort

Amy Scott Oct 2, 2017
HTML EMBED:
COPY

FEMA chief said helping Puerto Rico must be a public and private effort

Amy Scott Oct 2, 2017
HTML EMBED:
COPY

The Trump Administration plans to ask Congress for around $13 billion in new aid for Puerto Rico, according to news reports. The president is expected to visit tomorrow. Large parts of the island are still without electricity and clean drinking water after Hurricane Maria made landfall nearly two weeks ago. Yesterday, FEMA’s administrator pointedly defended the federal response to the disaster on the island amid mounting criticism. Brock Long also said their efforts include trying to get the private sector in to get crucial telecommunications up and running. 

Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

 

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.