HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
Call the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at 202-225-5074. Fill out the blanks and read the script when the staff answers the phone or leave a voice message. Repeat tomorrow.
“Hi, my name is [NAME], I am a voting constituent living in [CITY/TOWN] and my zip code is [ZIP CODE #].
I’m calling to urgently ask that Chairman Trey Gowdy hold an emergency hearing about the dire status of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Immediate action by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform could help expedite the federal response to the devastation in these territories and make a significant difference in the lives of the 3.5 American citizens living there.
Will the Chairman authorize this request?
Thank you for your time.”
On Friday, September 29th, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform) and Rep. Stacey Plaskett from the U.S. Virgin Islands, sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy communicating their grave concerns with the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In addition, they requested that the Committee hold an emergency hearing this week with government officials from the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
In their letter, the Members cited the precedent of the former Republican Chairman, Tom Davis, who led a congressional investigation into the Bush Administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The members wrote, “Oversight now also could help prevent a worsening of the human tragedy that is unfolding and could help ensure that the lessons our Committee identified from past federal responses are implemented by the Trump Administration.”