Congress Passes Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories

Washington DC - The House of Representatives voted Monday night to pass a $19.1 billion disaster bill for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories recovering from disasters.

"The passage of disaster relief for Americans from California to Puerto Rico is so needed,” Eric LeCompte the Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious development organization, said Monday. “We've worked for months for the passage of disaster relief and now it's a reality.”

The legislation includes more than $900 million for Puerto Rico recovery including $600 million in emergency disaster food assistance for vulnerable communities. The disaster package expedites the release of $8.9 billion already approved by Congress for Puerto Rico disaster relief.

President Trump committed to sign the disaster legislation into law. 
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Breaking: We won Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Friends,

We won!

Since Hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated Puerto Rico in 2017, we've generated tens of thousands of calls and emails that moved Congress to pass disaster relief for Puerto Rico.

In recent months, your actions generated thousands of messages that convinced President Trump and the Senate to pass $19.1 billion for US States and Territories recovering from disasters in Puerto Rico, Iowa, California, Florida, Nebraska and Guam.

As we faced obstacles at the White House, Senate and House of Representatives - you never took "no" for an answer. Because of your actions - we won.

Next week Puerto Rico faces the next phase of debt restructuring and it could be over in less than 6 months. Now that we've won more disaster relief - we now need your support to win debt relief. For the next week all donations to Jubilee USA are doubled by an anonymous donor. Please make a tax-deductible donation to Jubilee USA today.

The legislation we just passed includes $600 million in emergency food assistance for Puerto Rico benefiting more than a million people. In total more than $900 million in disaster assistance for Puerto Rico passed the House and Senate. We also expedited the release of $8.9 billion we already won for Puerto Rico disaster relief.

We have a commitment after 6 months of work from President Trump to sign disaster assistance into law.

We are so grateful for your partnership - your partnership continues to make the impossible, possible. Your support makes the unattainable - attainable.

Gratefully,

Eric
Eric LeCompte
Executive Director
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Disaster Relief Fails to Pass House of Representatives for Third Time

Washington DC - For a third time in a week, the House of Representatives failed to pass a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to benefit disaster troubled US States and Territories. Because Congress is on recess, votes in the House of Representatives require "unanimous consent" and any Member of Congress can block a vote. On Thursday, Tennessee Rep. John Rose (R) blocked the disaster package. 

"Americans are struggling to recover and are waiting for this disaster assistance," said Eric LeCompte the Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious development organization. "We have agreement for disaster assistance from the Senate and the White House. Now the House needs to pass disaster relief."

The Senate passed the disaster package last week. President Trump committed to sign the package into law after it passes the House. After recess, the full House of Representatives is expected to pass the aid package.

"We are waiting on the House of Representatives to move forward critically needed aid for US citizens that live from California to Puerto Rico," said LeCompte.

The disaster bill includes over $900 million in funds for Puerto Rico and expedites the release of $8.9 billion already approved for Puerto Rico disaster relief.  

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Congress Fails Again to Pass Disaster Aid Package for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories

Religious Development Group Releases Statement

Washington DC - For a third time, the House of Representatives failed to pass a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to benefit disaster troubled US States and Territories. The Senate passed the disaster package last Thursday. Tennessee Rep. John Rose (R) blocked the legislation Thursday. The legislation, expected to be signed into law by the White House, includes nearly $1 billion in funds for Puerto Rico and expedites the release of $8.9 billion already approved for Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Eric LeCompte the Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious development organization, releases the following statement:

"Americans are struggling to recover and are waiting for this disaster assistance.
"We have agreement for disaster assistance from the Senate and the White House.
"We are waiting on the House of Representatives to move forward critically needed aid for US citizens that live from Puerto Rico to California."

 

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The Fence Post quotes Eric LeCompte on Disaster Aid Package

Eric LeCompte was recently quoted by the Fence Post on the disaster aid package in Congress, especially on the effects the legislation would have in Puerto Rico. Read an excerpt below and follow this link to the full article.

Senate passes disaster aid, Congress heads home

The Senate package includes $600 million in disaster food assistance and another $300 million in housing rebuilding funds for Puerto Rico. It also would expedite allocation of $8.9 billion Congress has already passed for the territory.

“Millions of Americans are suffering and this disaster relief plan is urgently needed,” noted Eric LeCompte, who leads the religious development group Jubilee USA.

“We applaud Senate leaders and the White House for agreeing on a disaster deal,” he said. “In Puerto Rico alone, more than a million Americans lost disaster food assistance in March and that aid is finally restored.”

 

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Senate Puerto Rico Victory, House Delays Action, NAFTA, Mozambique

Friends,

For months we put pressure on the Senate to pass disaster relief and food assistance for Puerto Rico. Your calls, e-mails and petitions paid off.

Yesterday we won the Senate and passed a bipartisan $19.1 billion disaster aid bill for US States and Territories - aiding millions of people from Puerto Rico to California, from Guam to Nebraska.

Now that legislation is stalled in the House of Representatives. 

After the disaster supplemental passed the Senate on Thursday, the House of Representatives attempted a voice vote today which requires unanimous approval. Texas Representative Chip Roy blocked the vote. Now the full House won't vote until June, when Members of Congress return from recess.

The President committed to sign the legislation into law once Congress passes the disaster package. 

The legislation includes $600 million in disaster food assistance to benefit more than 1.3 million people in Puerto Rico. Another $300 million will support housing rebuilding funds as Puerto Rico wrestles with its debt crisis. Perhaps most importantly - we have an agreement to expedite the allocation of $8.9 billion of monies Congress already passed for Puerto Rico.

You moved the Senate. Now we need you to call your Representative and urge them to pass disaster and debt relief for Puerto Rico. The Congressional switchboard is open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day to take your message. Please call whenever you receive this message.

Your calls for Puerto Rico debt and disaster relief are crucial now as the next round of debt relief could be decided in June.

Please make a call to your Representative now. Urge your community, family and friends to make a call for Puerto Rico.

Your actions make a big difference and move bipartisan action. 

From Puerto Rico to Mozambique, from Iowa to Mexico - Jubilee USA is one of a few organizations moving bipartisan policies to protect vulnerable people across the United States and around our world.

Together, we won $50 billion in relief aid for Puerto Rico, we moved forward a debt relief process and united Republicans and Democrats to agree that Puerto Rico needs to rebuild to withstand future storms.

Together, we pushed the US Treasury, White House and Justice Department to prosecute those responsible for Mozambique's scandalous debt. The US Government is seeking extradition for former Mozambique Finance Minister and Credit Suisse bankers who forged fraudulent Mozambique loans to turn fishing boats into military attack ships. Former Credit Suisse employee, Detelina Subeva pled guilty to money laundering in US court on Monday. 

We've now learned that our actions for a new NAFTA deal are moving negotiations to consider increasing access to medicines for vulnerable communities.

Your Jubilee actions move mountains. Please call your Representative today and tell them to support disaster and debt relief for Puerto Rico.

So grateful for your partnership,


Eric

 

Eric LeCompte
Executive Director

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House Delays Disaster Package for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories

Religious Development Group Releases Statement

Washington DC - The House of Representatives delayed a vote on a $19.1 billion disaster bill that would aid Americans in a number of US States and Territories. After the disaster supplemental passed the Senate on Thursday, the House attempted a voice vote which requires "unanimous consent." Texas Representative Chip Roy blocked the vote. The full House won't vote until June, when Members of Congress return from recess. The legislation, expected to be signed into law by the White House, includes nearly $1 billion in funds for Puerto Rico and expedites the release of $8.9 billion already approved for Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Eric LeCompte the Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious development organization, releases the following statement:

"The House of Representatives must follow the Senate and pass disaster relief for millions of suffering Americans.

"More than a million Americans in Puerto Rico lost disaster food assistance in March and they are still waiting for that aid to be restored."

 

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Congress, White House Move Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories

Washington, DC - On Thursday, the Senate passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief plan to aid Americans recovering from natural disasters in US Territories like Puerto Rico and States including Iowa. The House of Representatives and the White House are expected to approve the Senate plan.

"Millions of Americans are suffering and this disaster relief plan is urgently needed. We applaud Senate leaders and the White House for agreeing on a disaster deal," noted Eric LeCompte who leads the religious development group Jubilee USA. "In Puerto Rico alone, more than a million Americans lost disaster food assistance in March and that aid is finally restored."

The $19 billion disaster package includes nearly a billion dollars of disaster aid for Puerto Rico. The Senate package includes $600 million in disaster food assistance for more than 1.3 million people in Puerto Rico. Another $300 million will support housing rebuilding funds for Puerto Rico. The agreement expedites allocation of $8.9 billion in monies Congress already passed for Puerto Rico. Less than $15 billion of the $50 billion Congress approved for Puerto Rico reached the island to date.

The disaster package aids Americans in a number of US States and Territories recovering from hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters. Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, California, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Kansas will benefit from the package.

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Senate Puerto Rico Vote Today, Call Senators Now

Friends,

Because of our advocacy, Senate leadership agreed on a deal for disaster relief for Puerto Rico and other US States and Territories recovering from disaster. The Senate will vote on the disaster deal today!

Your phone calls, petitions and pressure on Congress is working and won a bipartisan compromise on disaster aid.

Now we need you to take two minutes to act.

We moved Senate Republican and Democrat leaders to agree on a $19 billion plan that includes about a billion in relief for Puerto Rico. It takes just two minutes to call your Senators and ask them to vote for debt and disaster relief for Puerto Rico. If you've already called - please call again as the Senate votes today.

If we can pass this legislation in the Senate, because of Jubilee USA's work, we expect the House to support it and President Trump to sign the disaster package into law.

The legislation will include $600 million in disaster food assistance to benefit more than 1.3 million people in Puerto Rico. Another $300 million will support housing rebuilding funds for Puerto Rico. Perhaps most importantly - we have an agreement to expedite the allocation of $8.9 billion of monies Congress already passed for Puerto Rico.

In addition to today's Senate vote, your call to Congress now is especially important as the next phase of Puerto Rico's debt relief will be decided in June. Please make a call to the Senate now. Urge your community, family and friends to make a call for Puerto Rico.

Since 2014, Jubilee USA focused on Puerto Rico. In 2015, we began work with our partners on the island who led the call for relieving debt, eliminating child poverty and stopping austerity. Jubilee USA members, congregations and faith communities generated tens of thousands of messages to Congress since Hurricanes Maria and Irma decimated Puerto Rico. Together, we've won $50 billion in relief aid for Puerto Rico, we've moved forward a debt relief process and united Republicans and Democrats to agree that Puerto Rico needs to rebuild to withstand future storms.

Less than $15 billion of what we've won reached Puerto Rico. Your call to your Senators today helps distribute the relief we've won as we work to win another $70 billion in rebuilding funds for Puerto Rico.

Together we've achieved so much. Your call to your Senators today will make it possible for us to win more.

Gratefully,

Kate


Kate Zeller
Campaigns Director

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Houses Passes Disaster Aid Package for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories

Washington DC - On Friday, the House of Representatives passed disaster relief legislation to benefit US States, Territories and municipalities recovering from wildfires, floods and hurricanes. Senate legislation remains on hold as the White House and Senate debate the need for disaster funding to be included for Puerto Rico in a Senate package.

"The Senate needs to stop debating relief aid for Puerto Rico and pass a disaster package that ensures all Americans, no matter where they live, can access needed recovery funds," noted Eric LeCompte who leads the religious development group Jubilee USA. "Republicans and Democrats joined together in the House to pass disaster aid for all Americans and now the Senate needs to follow the House's example."

The House disaster package passed 257-150 and included support from thirty-four Republicans who broke ranks with the President and voted for the aid bill. More than $19 billion dollars is included in the House legislation to benefit Americans suffering from natural disasters or impacted by the US-China trade war.

"The political games in the Senate need to stop and the recovery aid needs to be delivered," said LeCompte. "While the Senate debates aid, US citizens from California to Puerto Rico are suffering."

Before Hurricanes Maria and Irma decimated Puerto Rico in 2017, the island was dealing with a $72 billion debt crisis. Last week, Puerto Rico's federally installed oversight board filed a court petition to declare $9 billion in debt "unconstitutional" or debt that should not be paid because it is not legitimate.

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