Congresswoman DeLauro to visit Puerto Rico and assess relief effort

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt visited Puerto Rico to help the local attorney general after Hurricane Maria heavily damaged her office.

"Widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria occurred in areas that are not connected to the USA mainland, and the resulting economic impact and other effects may extend to other parts of the United States", the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said in a press release. Back in Puerto Rico, citizens who remained are facing a foreclosure epidemic, as around a third of Puerto Rican homeowners are behind on their mortgages. Instead, Gov. Ricardo Rossello once again called for labor and tax reforms and the privatization of the island's power company to help generate revenue and promote economic development amid an 11-year recession. Instead, he said they will receive more money than usual in upcoming years.

The crews from Xcel and other utilities from around the country are helping the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority with power restoration efforts. Almost half a million people have fled for the USA mainland in the past decade in search of jobs and a more affordable cost of living.

"When the trucks were delayed, it delayed the workers", Wirth said.

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A government website said Thursday that 68.25% of the utility's customers have power.

Because PREPA is bankrupt, the noted, a judge will have to approve Rosselló's plans.

DeLauro will be briefed on infrastructure and the hurricane response effort while in Puerto Rico on January 25 and 26 according to a press release.

"Restoring the Department of Justice in Puerto Rico is a critical priority", Schmidt said.