Rubio, Nelson urge Trump to send more aid to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay handing out meals in Belle Glade after Hurricane Irma. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson — who made joint appearances in Belle Glade and other Florida locales after Hurricane Irma — are urging President Donald Trump to  approve additional aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to address a “life threatening situation” in the U.S. territories after Hurricane Maria.

Click here for a copy of the letter signed by the Florida senators.

Trump, who visited Texas after Hurricane Harvey and stopped in Southwest Florida after Hurricane Irma, plans to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday.

Rubio visited Puerto Rico on Monday and told Senate colleagues Tuesday: “What I saw is over three and half million American citizens potentially on the verge of a serious and growing humanitarian crisis.”

Click here to see Rubio’s Senate floor speech.

Nelson also spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday and said Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands deserve the same post-hurricane attention that Texas and Florida received.

“Now what we need to do is to take that same effort that we saw in Texas and we’ve seen in Florida of people helping people and we have got to help the people of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” Nelson said.

Click here to see Nelson’s Senate floor speech.

 

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