Bernie and several Democrats will unveil a "Marshal Plan" for Puerto Rico on Tuesday
On Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will unveil an ambitious $146 billion Puerto Rico recovery plan he says will allow renewable power sources such as solar and wind to provide about 70 percent of the islands energy needs within the decade.
The bill, which has the backing of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, also calls on Congress to consider retiring Puerto Ricos debt and would give the island billions in additional federal funding for transportation, health care and education in the hopes of stemming a feared mass exodus to the mainland. It would also allocate funds to the Virgin Islands, which were similarly devastated by Hurricane Maria.
This is the closest we have to a Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico, said Ramón Luis Nieves, a former member of the Senate of Puerto Rico who has testified to Congress about the hurricanes impacts.
Highly doubtful Republicans will vote for this, but it's what the island needs. Also nice to see the Virgin Islands are included.
They need to do something about government corruption on the island. I lived there for 5 years in the mid 90's and it ran rampant, part of the reason they are in such a terrible predicament now.
Yes.. they have issues but we need to step up and help them too.