Western Mass. lawmakers visit Puerto Rico

  • Congressman Jim McGovern (second from right) joins Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Richard Neal and Seth Moulton in meeting with Massachusetts State Police officers volunteering to help with the recovery effort in Puerto Rico. Contributed photo

Friday, January 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Mass. congressional delegation today visited Puerto Rico to survey the damage from Hurricane Maria, meet with volunteers and rescue workers on the ground, and highlight the need for more aid to continue recovery efforts.

Among them are Franklin County’s two congressman, Jim McGovern and Richard Neal, as well as U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

“Far too many of our fellow U.S. citizens are still without electricity and the resources they need to rebuild. Even before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Massachusetts was the proud home of 300,000 Puerto Ricans – and thousands more have come to the Bay State since Hurricane Maria upended their lives,” McGovern, Warren, and the delegation members said in a statement released by McGovern’s office. 

“We’re going to Puerto Rico to see firsthand the devastation on the island and how we can help our fellow citizens along the path to a full recovery. We have not forgotten our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico – they can count on us.”

McGovern and the Massachusetts lawmakers will visit Hospital de Niño in San Juan, which helps children with autism and special needs. The delegation will then receive a briefing from federal disaster and homeland security officials at the Joint Field Office in Guaynabo on relief efforts. Additionally, the delegation will tour a health center in Loiza and a shelter in Canóvanas, before flying back to Washington Friday evening.