Terri Sewell visits to Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands focusing on hurricane recovery efforts


With the House going out of session ahead of the the August District Work Period, more commonly known as August Recess, Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell is using this time to join her peers to visit to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands focusing on hurricane recovery efforts.

The group, which left Thursday, will meet with families, local officials and leaders, faith groups, faith groups, and community groups over the next two days to discuss effective recovery efforts and what steps must be taken to ensure that every community receives the resources it needs to rebuild.

“A year after the hurricanes hit, too many families in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still without clean water, without power, and without roofs on their homes,” said Sewell. “Our delegation visit will bring attention to this ongoing crisis and needed oversight to federal recovery efforts.”

She continued, “This Administration’s neglect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after they were devastated by Hurricane Maria is nothing short of disgraceful. We have a responsibility to help our fellow Americans recover from one of the worst natural disasters of this decade. As another hurricane season approaches, the need for action is urgent.”

In addition to Sewell, the Members of the delegation are:

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader
  • Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Judiciary Committee
  • Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Ranking Member, Small Business Committee; Natural Resources Committee; Financial Services Committee
  • Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Judiciary Committee; Homeland Security Committee
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ranking Member, Rules Committee; Agriculture Committee
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Financial Services Committee; Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Appropriations Committee
  • Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), Ways & Means Committee; Intelligence Committee
  • Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Agriculture Committee; Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Oversight & Government Reform Committee; Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI), Transportation & Infrastructure Committee; Oversight & Government Reform Committee; Agriculture Committee
  • Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), Agriculture Committee; Small Business Committee
  • Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Judiciary Committee; Homeland Security Committee
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Education & Workforce Committee; Small Business Committee; Foreign Affairs Committee

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