Local group calls on Congress to help Puerto Rico
By: CBS 58 Newsroom
Posted: Jan 8, 2020 6:02 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A local group called Forward Latino is sending a letter to the leaders of Congress, asking for help in Puerto Rico.
That island, a U.S. territory, has been devastated by several powerful earthquakes this week.
A spokesperson for Forward Latino says Puerto Rico still has not recovered from Hurricane Maria in 2017, and now it needs even more help.
"There was over $40 billion promised in aid after Hurricane Maria to help with all the restoration, and even though Congress approved it, there's been a freeze," said Berta Barillas of Forward Latino. "The current administration has put a hold on it."
The letter from Forward Latino was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.