HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
Call the Congressional Appropriations Committee at 202-225-2771. 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 the Chairman of the Committee increase the funding on the proposed $29 billion disaster aid package. Moody’s Analytics preliminary estimates indicate that – in Puerto Rico alone – the damages caused by Hurricane Maria are approximately $95 billion. Proposing $29 billion for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico is irresponsible and not enough.
Will the Chairman increase the funding on the disaster aid package?
Thank you for your time.”
Last week, the White House sent to Congress a $29 billion disaster aid package request. The request is broken down into: $13 billion to continue funding FEMA’s operations and $16 billion for the flood insurance program, which benefits hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The disaster aid package request is being assessed in Congress by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. However, according to The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, a preliminary report from Moody’s Analytics suggested that the damages caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could be approximately $95 billion. For this reason, the $29 billion proposed in the disaster aid package request is not enough.